Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

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 ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. In August the floods caused devastation for our family in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during perilous storms should absolutely take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family are safe. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Attach Your Air Conditioner

Your outdoor AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to keep the equipment from going up in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you are in a climate that produces 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 securing your home’s air conditioning system during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually stop the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, like a furnace, 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 shield the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could hurt. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and seek expert help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your family and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, make sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To get started, confirm there are no signs of damage and remove any debris surrounding the system. Try to evaluate and verify there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 847-250-6729 for an AC inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional 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 the equipment or ductwork.

If your system has had any damage, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Comfort Masters Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ask about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order through all the seasons.

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