Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. Most recently the floods wreaked havoc on our family in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during treacherous storms should invariably be priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family remain unharmed. See our suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioner

Your outdoor AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly attached to keep the air conditioner from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you reside in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about securing your home’s air conditioning system during your Fall 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 air conditioning equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, like 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 heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could hurt. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and request expert help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, make sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. First, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris surrounding the system. Try to check and confirm there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 704-705-8135 for a system inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by an expert to ensure safe function, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Komfort Air and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order all seasons long.

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