Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. Most recently the rains caused devastation for our family in Louisiana. The safety of your family during dangerous 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 are safe. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Attach Your AC

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

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can safeguard your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, a furnace for example, 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 HVAC equipment that the power surge could damage. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and seek professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut down your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. First, make sure there are no signs of damage and get rid of any debris from around the equipment. Try to examine and verify there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 912-208-2399 for a system inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and cooling 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 suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Coastal Service Experts and find out about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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