Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Last month the floods caused destruction for our family in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during dangerous storms should absolutely take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family are safe. See our suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your AC

Your outside AC equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly attached to keep the system from going airborne or washing away during a storm. If you live in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about securing your home’s air conditioning system during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually prevent the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, such as 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 protect the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could hurt. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your family and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, ensure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. First, make sure there are no signals of damage and remove any debris from around the equipment. Try to check and make sure there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 210-570-9705 for an equipment inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by an expert to ensure safe function, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into your system 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 San Antonio Air Service Experts and ask about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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