Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. Last month the floods caused devastation for our loved ones in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during hazardous storms should absolutely take priority. But even as 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 heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Attach Your AC

Your outdoor AC equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly secured to prevent the system from being thrown in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you reside in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the equipment 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 really avoid the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and air conditioning 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 a spike in the line voltage. This will help safeguard the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could harm. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request expert help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, confirm there are no indications of damage and remove any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to examine and make sure there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 484-401-7577 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 technician to ensure safe function, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible 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 recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Wesley Wood Service Experts and find out about our membership options to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order through all the seasons.

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