Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. In August the floods caused devastation for our friends in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during hazardous storms should invariably be priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Here are some recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioning

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

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally avoid the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can safeguard your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off 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 damage. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and seek expert help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. To get started, make sure there are no signals of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Try to check and verify there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 385-399-0280 for an equipment inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by a professional to ensure safe operation, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into the equipment 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 Mountainwest Service Experts and find out about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order through all the seasons.

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