It feels like storm season is every season. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer starts the hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season tapers off in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Most recently the storms wreaked havoc on our family in Louisiana. The safety of your family during hazardous storms should absolutely take priority. But even as the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to be sure that your home and family are safe. See our suggestions for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season.
Secure Your Air Conditioner
Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to prevent the air conditioner from being thrown in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you are in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be necessary to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your expert technician about securing your home’s air conditioner during your Fall Tune-up.
Stop the Surge
You can’t actually prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can protect your heating and air conditioning equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, such as 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 shield the electrical components in your heating and air conditioning equipment that the power surge could damage. Be sure never to touch any electrical components, and seek professional help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly.
You and your family need to find shelter first and foremost, but if time allows, shut 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 remove any debris.
This, Too, Shall Pass
Once the storm is over, ensure the system is safe before turning on your HVAC system. First, verify there are no indications of damage and get rid of any debris from around the equipment. Try to check and make sure there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 502-785-8230 for an equipment inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system checked by a professional to ensure safe working, turn the heating and air conditioning system back on ASAP to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.
If there was any damage to your equipment, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Becht/Givens Service Experts and ask about our membership options to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all seasons long.