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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 starts the hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Last month the floods caused destruction for our loved ones in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during hazardous 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 stay safe. Here are some tips for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioning

Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to keep the system from going up in the air or washing away in 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 protect the system from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioner during your AC Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually avoid the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, a furnace for example, 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 protect the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could harm. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outside system with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, be sure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. First, make sure there are no indications of damage and get rid of any debris from around the equipment. Try to check and verify there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 289-813-5566 for a system inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system 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 suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Abbey Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and find out about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order through all the seasons.

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