Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Last month the floods caused destruction for our family in Louisiana. The safety of your family during treacherous storms should invariably be priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family are safe. See our suggestions for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Secure Your AC

Your outside AC equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly fastened to prevent the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you live in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your expert technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioner during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t literally avoid the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could hurt. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and seek a technician’s help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

You and your family need to acquire 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. Before turning your system back on after the storm, be sure to remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, be sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To begin, confirm there are no signs of damage and get rid of any debris from around the system. Try to check and verify there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 217-689-2469 for an AC inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by a professional to ensure safe function, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If your system has had any damage, check out these recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Chief / Bauer Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and find out about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order all seasons long.

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