Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Last month the storms caused devastation for our family in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during treacherous storms should always take priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Check out these suggestions for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioning

Your outdoor AC equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly fastened 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 necessary to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioning system during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally 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 heavy appliances, such as a furnace, 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 protect the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could damage. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request expert 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 time allows, turn off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To begin, confirm there are no signs of damage and get rid of any debris from around the system. Try to examine and make sure there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 918-212-8927 for an AC inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by a technician to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If your system has had any damage, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and find out about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all seasons long.

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