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 ushers in hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Last month the storms caused devastation for our family in Louisiana. The safety of your family during hazardous storms should invariably be priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family stay safe. See our suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Attach Your Air Conditioner

Your outdoor AC equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly attached to keep the equipment from going up in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you are in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to keep the equipment safe from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioning system during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually prevent the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can protect your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any large 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 heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could hurt. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and request expert help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your family and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut down your HVAC system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, be sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, confirm there are no signals of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to examine and confirm there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 727-219-2471 for an equipment inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on immediately to help dry the home and restrict 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 Midway Services and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order through all the seasons.

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