Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring comes through with 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. Most recently the rains wreaked havoc on our loved ones in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during hazardous storms should invariably be priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family are safe. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Secure Your AC

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

Stop the Surge

You can’t really avoid the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s an increase 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 ask for professional 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 there is time, turn off your heating and air conditioning 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 clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To begin, make sure there are no signals of damage and remove any debris from around the system. Try to examine and confirm there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 908-448-2154 for a system inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a technician to ensure safe working, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your equipment or ductwork.

If your system has had any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Fras-Air/General Service Experts and find out about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all year long.

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