Learn What You Can Do For Your HVAC Unit During Storms

Learn What You Can Do For Your HVAC Unit During Storms

When severe storms hit your area and cause power surges and power loss, this can be detrimental to the health of your HVAC unit. This is especially true if lightning strikes your home, because it can fry the system. The good news is that protecting HVAC equipment during inclement weather isn’t difficult. Simply follow these tips and you’ll be just fine.

1. Unplug Your Air Conditioner

Whether or not you want to unplug your air conditioner will most likely be based on the outside temperature, because there is such a thing as warm, rainy days. However, if a severe storm kicks up, then the temperature will drop and you won’t be needing your AC. To be on the safe side, unplug it just in case lightning strikes your house and causes a surge.

2. Don’t Rely on Surge Protectors

Surge protectors are great for run-of-the-mill surges, but they simply won’t protect your HVAC equipment in the event of a lightning strike. If you live in an area where lightning storms frequently occur, then you may want to install a protection system that uses lightning rods, conductors, and ground rods to redirect any electrical surge. They’re not always 100% effective, but they will very often help.

3. Act Fast If Flooding Occurs

Flooding can be especially harmful not only to your HVAC equipment but to your entire house in the event that it comes in contact with an electrical system and starts a fire. If water leaks inside your home or you experience flooding, immediately cut off power at the electrical panel.

4. Remove or Secure Outdoor Items

When severe winds kick up, this can cause loose items to blow around and slam into your outdoor condenser unit. To keep the equipment safe from harm, your best bet is to remove any items you can and then secure the rest to the ground.

By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to protecting HVAC equipment during a severe storm. If you’d like further advice about this or any other home-related subject, reach out to the experts at NisAir Air Conditioning. We’ve been servicing Martin, Palm Beach and Indian River counties, and the surrounding areas, since 1973.

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