Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Last month the rains wreaked havoc on our friends in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during treacherous storms should always take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family remain unharmed. See our tips for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Attach Your AC

Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to avoid the system from being thrown in the air or washing away during a storm. If you are 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 professional technician about anchoring your home’s AC during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, a furnace for example, 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 a technician’s help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut down 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 remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, be sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. First, make sure there are no signs of damage and get rid of any debris from around the equipment. Try to check and confirm there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 512-596-1257 for a system 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 HVAC system back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the 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 Strand Brothers Service Experts and learn about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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