Every season of the year can have damaging storms that threaten the functionality of your HVAC system. Be it spring, summer, fall, or winter, these seasons can bring significant storms that can wreak havoc on your system that can result in the need for costly repairs and ultimately shorten the lifespan of your system. As a result, it is imperative that you take the preventative steps in ensuring that your system is properly protected in the event that the weather forecast calls for strong winds, heavy rain, thunder, and/or lightning. Here are four tips that will help ensure your HVAC system is ready to weather the storm.
Tip #1: Prepare the Exterior HVAC Unit
Your first step in protecting your HVAC system is covering the air conditioning unit that is outside the home with a piece of plywood or tarp. In doing so, the debris from the storm won't be able to get inside the unit and ruin the condenser. In addition, the tarp or plywood will help prevent treacherous rainfall from flooding the unit. Tie-down straps should be used to secure the outdoor unit, particularly if the weather forecast calls for extremely high winds.
Tip #2: Have a Surge Protector Installed
If the storm brings lightning with it and it ends up striking your home, irreparable damage could be caused to your HVAC system. With a whole-home surge protector installed, your HVAC system will be shielded from energy completely overloading your system, since it will ground the lightning. For electronics and small appliances inside the home, don't forget to use power strips with surge protectors for protection inside the home.
Tip #3: Turn the HVAC System Off
Even with a surge protector, it is in your best interest to turn the HVAC system completely off as the storm nears. In doing so, you are simply protecting the system from potential electrical surges in the event that lightning does try to strike the house or if the power goes out and comes back on. If you would like an extra layer of protection, switch off the breakers.
Tip #4: Make an Appointment for an Inspection
The best course of action that you can take regardless of the season is to get in touch with an HVAC service in your area and make an appointment for a professional inspection. In the event that there are any minor issues with your HVAC system, these can be found and repaired prior to a storm rolling through and potentially turning them into something far more serious and expensive.
An HVAC installation service can help with the installation of a whole-home surge protector as well as the inspection of your HVAC system. For more information, get in touch with companies like Ables Mechanical.