Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, blizzards are upon the north. Most recently the storms caused devastation for our family in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during hazardous storms should always take priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family remain unharmed. Check out these tips for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Attach Your Air Conditioner

Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from going up in the air or washing away during a storm. If you are in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to protect the equipment from high winds. Ask your professional technician about securing your home’s air conditioner during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really prevent the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can protect your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could hurt. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut off your heating and cooling 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 remove any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. First, make sure there are no indications of damage and remove any debris from around the equipment. Try to examine and make sure there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 713-396-3760 for a system inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a technician to ensure safe operation, turn the HVAC system back on immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your system or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Church Services and ask about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all year long.

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