Virginia’s hurricane season has officially begun and lasts through the end of November. Forecasters have predicted this will be above-average season and recommend preparing for extreme weather starting now. While getting your home ready for hurricane season, be sure to prepare your HVAC system as well. In this article, we have provided tips for homeowners to help ensure their system is protected before, during, and after a hurricane.
Damages to your HVAC system can be costly, especially those that come from hurricanes. Here are some precautions to take before a hurricane to help your air conditioner through a storm.
To avoid the chance of debris harming your unit, a waterproof cover is a smart investment before hurricane season. Debris and hail can cause costly repairs. A waterproof cover can also ensure there is no water damage done to your unit from heavy rain.
While your system looks bolted down, never underestimate the power of hurricane winds. Purchasing hurricane straps is another precaution to ensure your HVAC system safely makes it through the storm.
While turning off your air conditioner during a hurricane is recommended, homeowners can invest in a surge protector to possibly prevent power surge damage. The device can prevent costly damage from any lighting storm and power surges, as well as preserve the life of your air conditioner and increase your home’s safety.
Obviously with hurricanes and immense amounts of rain can result in flooding. If your HVAC area remains damp or is prone to flooding, a concrete slab may be a good investment for hurricanes and harsh weather in the future. A raised concrete platform can prevent your system from flooding and damage.
During harsh storms, limbs and other debris can fall and harm your unit. If you have hanging limbs near your HVAC system and have time to trim them, we recommend doing so to avoid causing any damage.
Your safety is the most important thing to us at Hybrid Air. Please seek shelter immediately until the storm has passed. Thankfully, hurricanes are not immediate and give us time to prepare. As the hurricane nears, be sure to shut your system down.
When a hurricane hits, it is essential to power off your HVAC system. Lighting is common during hurricanes and causes power surges when it strikes. The power surges can harm your air conditioner by damage such as blown fuses, burnt wires, and burnt capacitors. Failure to shut off your air conditioner during a hurricane can result in these costly repairs and possible breakdowns, leaving you in the Virginia heat with no air conditioning.
Once it is safe and the hurricane is over, here are a few recommendations to make sure your unit withstood the storm.
As we said, debris can fly around and harm your unit. Once it is safe outside, check for any fallen limbs and other debris on and around your unit to check for damage and ensure your unit will continue functioning properly.
Once you have inspected the outdoor unit, you can turn back on your HVAC system and start cooling your home again. While turning on your unit, pay close attention to any signs of damage. If your unit has trouble re-cooling or there are unusual noises, there may be an internal issue. Powering on your system while there is a problem could potentially harm your unit worse.
A harsh storm can cause noticeable damage and unnoticeable problems with your HVAC unit. It is best to have a maintenance check done by a professional to ensure your unit is functioning properly.
We are here to help you this hurricane season with our 24/7 emergency service. Prepare for a possible hurricane with these tips and call us with any questions. Our top priority is keeping our customers safe and comfortable!