Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. Most recently the storms caused destruction for our loved ones in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during hazardous storms should absolutely take priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family stay safe. See our tips for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioner

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you live in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your expert technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioning system during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really prevent the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can protect your heating and cooling equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could hurt. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and seek a technician’s help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut down your HVAC system and cover the outside system with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, make sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. First, confirm there are no indications of damage and remove any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to evaluate and verify there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 817-380-5647 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by an expert to ensure safe operation, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your 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 Calverley Service Experts and ask about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order through all the seasons.

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