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. Before the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Most recently the storms caused destruction for our loved ones in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during hazardous 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. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your AC

Your outdoor AC equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly anchored to prevent the system from going up in the air or washing away during a storm. If you reside 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 occurs during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) 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 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 harm. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request 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 time allows, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, 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 check and make sure there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 843-619-3781 for an equipment inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by an expert to ensure safe working, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent 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 and find out about our membership options to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all year long.

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