Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, blizzards are upon the north. Most recently the floods caused devastation for our family in Louisiana. The safety of your family during dangerous storms should invariably be priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family are safe. Here are some suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioner

Your outdoor AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from going up in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you reside in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your professional technician about securing your home’s AC during your Precision Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t actually prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can safeguard your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help protect 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 seek shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and clean up 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, make sure there are no signs of damage and get rid of any debris surrounding the system. Try to examine and confirm there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 615-953-9885 for a system inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by a technician to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent 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 Donelson Air Service Experts and ask about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all year long.

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