Prepping Your Home’s HVAC Equipment for Storms Published on September 06, 2016 Sometimes it feels like storm season is all year. Spring brings rain storms and tornadoes, while summer ushers in hurricane season. By the time the Atlantic hurricane season comes to a close in November, blizzards are upon the north. Most recently the storms caused devastation for our friends in Louisiana. The safety of your family during perilous storms should invariably be priority. But even when the winds die down and the rain dries up, you still need to make sure that your home and family are safe. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s cooling and heating equipment for storm season. Attach Your Air Conditioner Your outdoor air conditioning equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly anchored to keep the system from going up in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you are in a climate that generates hurricanes, it may be required to fasten your equipment with hurricane straps to protect the system from high winds. Ask your professional technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioning system during your AC Tune-up. Stop the Surge You can’t really stop the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can safeguard your heating and cooling equipment from it. Put in a high-quality surge protector where any large appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help shield the electrical components in your heating and cooling equipment that the power surge could harm. Make sure you never touch any electrical components, and seek expert help if you are not accustomed to using surge protectors properly. Provide Cover Your loved ones and you need to seek shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outside system with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment 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. To get started, confirm there are no signals of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Try to evaluate and confirm there is no visible harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your air conditioning system. Call 801-396-0637 for a system inspection if appears there has been any damage or flooding to the air conditioning. Once you’ve had the system checked by a professional to ensure safe operation, 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 your equipment has suffered any damage, 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 Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling system in working order all year long.