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. As the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Last month the floods wreaked havoc on our family in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during perilous storms should always take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family are safe. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your AC

Your outside AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the air conditioner from being thrown in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you are in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be required to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to protect the equipment from high winds. Ask your expert technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioner during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can protect your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could harm. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. First, verify there are no signals of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Try to evaluate and make sure there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 866-397-3787 for an equipment inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional to ensure safe working, turn the heating and cooling system back on ASAP to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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