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. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, snowstorms are upon the north. In August the rains caused devastation for our loved ones in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during dangerous 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 are safe. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.

Attach Your AC

Your outside AC equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly fastened to keep the system from going airborne or washing away over the course of a storm. If you live in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be required to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your professional technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioner during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your heating and cooling equipment from it. Install a high-quality surge protector where any sizable appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could harm. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and request a technician’s help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.

Provide Cover

Your loved ones and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outside system with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and get rid of any debris.

This, Too, Shall Pass

Once the storm is over, ensure the system is safe before turning your heating and cooling system back on. First, confirm there are no signals of damage and get rid of any debris from around the system. Try to examine and make sure there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 519-804-1617 for an equipment inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a technician to ensure safe function, turn the HVAC system back on immediately to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into your equipment 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 Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts and find out about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all year long.

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