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 ushers in hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, snowfalls are upon the north. In August the rains caused destruction for our friends in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during dangerous 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 remain unharmed. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Attach Your Air Conditioning

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the system from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you live in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be required to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your professional technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioner during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally stop the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could hurt. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

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

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To get started, confirm there are no signals of damage and remove any debris from around the equipment. Try to evaluate and verify there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 518-205-3324 for an AC inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by an expert to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on ASAP to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into your equipment 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 D.A. Bennett Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and find out about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order through all the seasons.

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