Prepping Your Home's HVAC Equipment for Storms

September 06, 2016

Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowstorms are upon the north. In August the rains caused devastation for our friends in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during hazardous storms should absolutely take priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still want to be sure that your home and family stay safe. Here are some recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season.

Secure Your Air Conditioner

Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be positioned on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you are in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your expert technician about securing your home’s AC during your Fall Tune-up.

Stop the Surge

You can’t really prevent the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can shield your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment from it. Get a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your heating system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could hurt. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and seek 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, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outside 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

When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To begin, verify there are no indications of damage and remove any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to check and verify there is no noticeable harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 603-923-4570 for a system inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a technician to ensure safe working, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If your system has had any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Strogen's Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our membership options to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order through all the seasons.

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