Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Most recently the floods caused destruction for our family in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during treacherous storms should always take priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family stay safe. See our suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioning

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly attached to avoid the air conditioner from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you are in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your expert technician about fastening down your home’s AC during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally avoid the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can protect your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could damage. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, be sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, verify there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Try to evaluate and verify there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 904-450-5672 for a system inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by an expert to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into your equipment or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Air Engineers Service Experts and ask about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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