Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

It feels like storm season is every season. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowstorms are upon the north. In August the floods caused destruction for our friends in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during hazardous storms should always take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family are safe. Check out these suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioner

Your outside AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly fastened to keep the system from going up in the air or washing away during a storm. If you are in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your AC 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 Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really avoid the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could damage. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut down your HVAC system and cover the outside system with a tarp. Before turning 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, ensure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Try to evaluate and verify there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 816-787-0500 for an equipment inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system checked by a professional to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and cooling system back on ASAP to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into your system or ductwork.

If there was any damage to your equipment, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Neal Harris Service Experts and ask about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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