Prepping Your Home’s HVAC Equipment for Storms
It feels like storm season is every season. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, blizzards are upon the north. The welfare of your family during perilous storms should invariably be priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family are safe. See our tips for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.
Attach Your Air Conditioning
Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly attached to keep the system from being thrown in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you live in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your professional technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioner during your Precision Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t really avoid the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can protect your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help safeguard the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could damage. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and seek professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.
Your loved ones and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and remove any debris.
This, Too, Shall Pass
Once the storm is over, make sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To begin, make sure there are no indications of damage and get rid of any debris from around the system. Try to check and verify there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 866-397-3787 for a system inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a technician to ensure safe working, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into your equipment or ductwork.
If there was any damage to your equipment, check out these recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and find out about our membership options to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all seasons long.
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