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 starts the hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. Last month the floods wreaked havoc on our loved ones in Louisiana. The safety of your family during treacherous 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 stay safe. Check out these recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Secure Your AC

Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly attached to keep the system from going airborne or washing away over the course of a storm. If you live in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your professional technician about securing your home’s AC during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can protect your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could harm. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, make sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. First, confirm there are no indications of damage and clean any debris surrounding the system. Try to examine and confirm there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 301-747-3140 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system checked by a technician to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If there was any damage to your equipment, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call A-PLUS Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order through all the seasons.

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