Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Most recently the floods caused devastation for our friends 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. See our tips for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.

Attach Your AC

Your outside air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly attached to avoid the system 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 AC with hurricane straps to protect the equipment from high winds. Ask your professional technician about fastening down your home’s AC during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really prevent the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can safeguard your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, like 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 safeguard the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could damage. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and seek professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before you turn your system 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 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 system. Try to evaluate and verify there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 308-210-4398 for a system inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional to ensure safe working, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on ASAP to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into your equipment 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 McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ask about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all seasons long.

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