Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, blizzards are upon the north. Most recently the rains caused destruction for our loved ones in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during hazardous 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 stay safe. See our tips for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioning

Your outdoor AC equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly fastened to keep the system from going up in the air or washing away during a storm. If you live in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your expert technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioning system during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help safeguard the electrical components in your heating and cooling 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 family and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and clean up any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, make sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To get started, verify there are no signals of damage and clean any debris surrounding the system. Try to examine and make sure there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 843-619-3781 for an equipment 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 professional to ensure safe operation, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into the 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 Epperson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all year long.

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