Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. In August the floods wreaked havoc on our loved ones in Louisiana. The safety of your family during treacherous storms should always take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family are safe. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your AC

Your outside AC equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly secured to keep the air conditioner from being thrown in the air or washing away in a storm. If you live 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 professional technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioner during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really prevent the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help shield 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 ask for a technician’s help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, ensure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Try to evaluate and confirm there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 205-267-0023 for an equipment inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by a technician to ensure safe working, turn the heating and cooling system back on ASAP to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your system or ductwork.

If there was any damage to your equipment, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Norrell Service Experts and ask about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all year long.

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