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 comes to a close in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Most recently the storms caused destruction for our family in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during perilous storms should always 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 stay safe. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Secure Your AC

Your outdoor air conditioning 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 in a storm. If you reside in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your expert technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioning system during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally stop the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could harm. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, verify there are no indications of damage and remove any debris from around the equipment. Try to check and make sure there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 260-557-1275 for an equipment inspection if seems like there is 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 immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the equipment 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 Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn 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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