Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring arrives with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowstorms are upon the north. Most recently the floods caused devastation for our family in Louisiana. The safety of your family during perilous storms should always 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 are safe. Check out these tips for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.
Anchor Your Air Conditioning
Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the air conditioner from going airborne or washing away in a storm. If you live in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be required to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your air conditioning technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioner during your Fall Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t really stop the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can safeguard your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) 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 off your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help safeguard the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could hurt. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and ask for professional help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors properly.
You and your family need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut down your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, make sure you remove the tarp and clean up any debris.
This, Too, Shall Pass
When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To get started, confirm there are no signs of damage and remove any debris surrounding the system. Try to examine and verify there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 925-364-5427 for an equipment inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system checked by a technician 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 system or ductwork.
If there was any damage to your equipment, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our membership options to help keep your heating and air conditioning system in working order all seasons long.