Prepping Your Home’s HVAC Equipment for Storms 

You may start to think that storm season is year around. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowstorms are upon the north. The welfare of your family during dangerous storms should always take priority. But even as 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. 

Secure Your Air Conditioner 

Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly attached to keep the system from going up in the air or washing away during 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 equipment from high winds. Ask your professional technician about anchoring your home’s AC during your Fall Tune-up. 

Stop the Surge 

You can’t literally stop 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 heavy appliances, a furnace for example, 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 safeguard the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could damage. Be sure never to 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 acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time permits, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and get rid of any debris. 

This, Too, Shall Pass 

After the storm ends, be sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. First, verify there are no indications of damage and remove any debris surrounding the system. Try to check and make sure there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioner. Call 205-267-0023 for an equipment inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by a technician to ensure safe operation, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately 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 recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Norrell Service Experts and ask about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all seasons long. 

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