Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. Last month the floods caused devastation for our friends in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during hazardous storms should invariably be priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family stay safe. Here are some tips for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioning

Your outdoor AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away in a storm. If you are in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to protect the equipment from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about fastening down your home’s AC during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally avoid the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, a furnace for example, 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 shield the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could damage. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your family and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, turn off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, you must 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 your heating and cooling system back on. To begin, make sure there are no signals 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 air conditioning system. Call 803-399-7208 for an AC inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system checked by a technician to ensure safe operation, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If there was any damage to your equipment, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Midland Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all seasons long.

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