Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. Before the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowstorms are upon the north. In August the storms caused devastation for our family in Louisiana. The safety of your family during hazardous storms should absolutely take priority. But even while the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family are safe. See our tips for preparing your home’s heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.
Attach Your Air Conditioner
Your outside air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly attached to avoid the air conditioner from going up in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you are in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your professional technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioning system during your AC Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t really stop the surge that often comes during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, a furnace for example, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. This will help safeguard the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could harm. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.
You and your family need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Before you turn 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, be sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. First, make sure there are no signals of damage and remove any debris surrounding the system. Try to check and confirm there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 630-246-2698 for an AC inspection if it looks like there may have been any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system checked by an expert to ensure safe function, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the 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 Golden Seal Service Experts and learn about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order through all the seasons.