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 ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Last month the floods wreaked havoc on our friends in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during dangerous storms should invariably be priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family remain unharmed. See our suggestions for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Anchor Your Air Conditioner

Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to avoid the system from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you are in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about securing your home’s AC during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really stop the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) 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 off your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could hurt. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

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

This, Too, Shall Pass

After the storm ends, ensure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To get started, confirm there are no signs of damage and remove any debris surrounding the system. Try to check and make sure there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 678-235-9699 for an AC 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 function, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If your system has had any damage, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Peachtree Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order all seasons long.

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