Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Most recently the rains wreaked havoc on our friends in Louisiana. The safety of your family during perilous storms should absolutely take priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family are safe. See our tips for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.
Attach Your AC
Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to avoid the system from being thrown in the air or washing away in 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 expert technician about securing your home’s air conditioner during your AC Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t really prevent the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can safeguard your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Get 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 an increase in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and cooling 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.
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 clean up 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 verify there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 512-596-1257 for an equipment inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system checked by a professional 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 through all the seasons.