Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowstorms are upon the north. In August the rains caused destruction for our family in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during dangerous storms should always take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to make sure that your home and family are safe. See our suggestions for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your AC

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to keep the system from going airborne or washing away over the course of a storm. If you live in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioning system during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can safeguard your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could hurt. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your family and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, confirm there are no signals of damage and remove any debris from around the system. Try to evaluate and make sure there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 801-436-8985 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a technician to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your equipment or ductwork.

If there was any damage to your equipment, check out these recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Barlow Service Experts 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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