Prepping Your Home’s HVAC Equipment for Storms Published on September 06, 2016 It feels like storm season is every season. Spring comes through with rain storms and tornadoes, while summer kicks off hurricane season. As the Atlantic hurricane season ends in November, snowfalls are upon the north. Most recently the floods caused devastation for our loved ones in Louisiana. The safety 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 be sure that your home and family remain unharmed. See our recommendations for preparing your home’s heating and cooling equipment for storm season. Anchor Your AC Your outdoor AC equipment should be installed on a concrete pad and properly attached to avoid the equipment from going up in the air or washing away over the course of a storm. If you are in a climate that is subject to hurricanes, it may be critical to fasten your AC with hurricane straps to keep the system safe from high winds. Ask your expert technician about anchoring your home’s air conditioner during your AC Tune-up. Stop the Surge You can’t really prevent the surge that often happens during a storm, but you can shield your heating and air conditioning 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 off your heating system if there’s an increase in the line voltage. This will help protect the electrical components in your HVAC equipment that the power surge could hurt. Remember to never touch any electrical components, and request professional help if you are not comfortable using surge protectors properly. Provide Cover Your family and you need to acquire shelter first and foremost, but if there is time, shut down your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Prior to turning your equipment back on after the storm, you must remove the tarp and get rid of any debris. This, Too, Shall Pass Once the storm is over, ensure the system is safe before starting up your heating and air conditioning system. To begin, verify there are no signs of damage and clean any debris surrounding the equipment. Try to evaluate and verify there is no apparent harm to any of the refrigerant or electrical lines running from your AC. Call 519-894-3222 for an equipment inspection if seems like there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by an expert to ensure safe working, turn the heating and cooling system back on ASAP to help dry the home and restrict mold from getting into your system 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 Hammond Plumbing & Heating and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.