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 starts the hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. Most recently the rains caused destruction for our loved ones in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during perilous storms should invariably be priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family are safe. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioner

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

Stop the Surge

You can’t really stop the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling 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 off your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help safeguard the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could hurt. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor 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

Once the storm is over, be sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To get started, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Try to examine and confirm there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 301-476-4577 for a system inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system checked by a technician to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If there was any damage to your equipment, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Parker Pearce Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and find out about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all year long.

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