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 ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Most recently the floods wreaked havoc on our family in Louisiana. The welfare of your family during hazardous storms should always take 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. Here are some recommendations for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.
Anchor Your AC
Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be placed on a concrete pad and properly attached to prevent 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 generates hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your air conditioner with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your expert technician about anchoring your home’s AC during your AC Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t actually stop the surge that often occurs during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling equipment from it. Put in 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 safeguard the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could hurt. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and seek professional help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly.
You and your family need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut down your heating and cooling system and cover the outside equipment with a tarp. Before you turn your system back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and clean up any debris.
This, Too, Shall Pass
Once the storm is over, make sure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. First, make sure there are no signals of damage and get rid of any debris from around the equipment. Try to examine and verify there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 405-432-2197 for a system inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment checked by a technician to ensure safe function, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into your 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 Gordon's Service Experts and ask about our membership options to help keep your HVAC system in working order through all the seasons.