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 kicks off hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. In August the storms caused devastation for our family in Louisiana. The safety of your family during perilous storms should absolutely take priority. But even as 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 cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioner

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

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually stop the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could hurt. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and request a technician’s help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your family and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut down 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 clean up 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 begin, confirm there are no signals of damage and remove any debris from around the equipment. Try to examine and verify there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 865-229-6176 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by an expert to ensure safe function, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into your system 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 R & M Climate Control 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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