Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Most recently the storms wreaked havoc on 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 want to be sure that your home and family stay safe. See our suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Attach Your Air Conditioner

Your outdoor AC equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly fastened to avoid the air conditioner from being thrown in the air or washing away during a storm. If you reside in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be required 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 AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really avoid the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, 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 HVAC equipment that the power surge could damage. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for expert help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut down your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, be sure 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 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 613-707-2421 for an equipment inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call D & K Heating Service Experts and ask about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all year long.

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