It feels like storm season is every season. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, blizzards are upon the north. Most recently the floods wreaked havoc on our family in Louisiana. The well-being of your family during dangerous storms should always take priority. But even as 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 heating and air conditioning equipment for storm season.
Anchor Your AC
Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to keep the air conditioner from going up in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you live in a climate that produces hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to protect the equipment from high winds. Ask your professional technician about fastening down your home’s air conditioner during your Precision Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t really avoid 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 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 protect the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could damage. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.
Your family and you need to find shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, turn off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before turning your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and clean up any debris.
This, Too, Shall Pass
After the storm ends, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. To get started, verify there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Try to evaluate and make sure there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 210-404-4233 for an AC inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by an expert to ensure safe operation, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into your equipment or ductwork.
If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air and learn about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order through all the seasons.