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 starts the hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, blizzards are upon the north. In August the storms caused destruction for our family in Louisiana. The safety of your family during hazardous storms should absolutely take priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Check out these recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Attach Your AC

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly anchored 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 required to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about securing your home’s air conditioning system during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really stop the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could damage. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your family and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut down your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, make sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. First, verify there are no signals of damage and remove any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to examine and verify there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 574-218-6404 for an equipment inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system inspected by an expert to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your equipment or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call BW/Cook Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and find out about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all seasons long.

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