Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, blizzards are upon the north. Last month the storms caused destruction for our loved ones in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during hazardous storms should absolutely take priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Check out these suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioning

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to keep the system from going up in the air or washing away during a storm. If you are in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your expert technician about securing your home’s air conditioner during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really stop the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can protect your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as 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 safeguard 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 seek expert help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. First, verify there are no indications of damage and get rid of any debris from around the equipment. Try to examine and confirm there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 843-410-6103 for an AC inspection if seems like there is 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 immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

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

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