Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Last month the floods caused destruction for our friends in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during dangerous 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 are safe. Check out these recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your AC

Your outside AC equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly fastened to prevent 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 necessary to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to keep the equipment safe from high winds. Ask your professional technician about fastening down your home’s AC during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really stop the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can shield your heating and air conditioning 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 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 harm. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your family and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut 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 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. To begin, verify there are no signals of damage and get rid of any debris from around the system. 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 716-427-6807 for an AC inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system checked by an expert to ensure safe working, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your system or ductwork.

If your system has had any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Sunbeam Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ask about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order through all the seasons.

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