Protect Your HVAC Unit from Storm Damage

Protect Your HVAC Unit from Storm Damage

Protect Your HVAC Unit from Storm Damage

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Storms are a common cause of damage to HVAC systems. Storms can bring with them heavy winds, rain, and hail, which all pose a threat to your HVAC system as well as your home. Knowing how storms can affect your HVAC system and the steps you can take to protect your heating and cooling systems from storm damage can save you stress and prevent the need for repairs. If any part of your HVAC system is damaged during a storm or flood, don’t try to solve the issue yourself—contact a professional to help you assess the damage and make any repairs safely and quickly.
 
Install and Maintain a Sump Pump
If your HVAC system is located in your basement, it could be prone to damage from flooding during heavy rains. If you don’t have a sump pump in your basement, consider installing one to prevent floodwaters from causing damage to your HVAC system. A sump pump automatically activates when water is detected in your basement, pumping it away before it can accumulate. If you have a sump pump installed, check it and the power supply periodically to ensure it will work in an emergency situation.
 
Use Protective Covers
Debris blown by heavy winds and hail are two common causes of damage to outdoor HVAC units. Before a storm hits, placing hail guards or a heavy canvas cover over the outdoor components of your HVAC system can protect them from storm damage. If you do place protective covers over your outdoor AC unit, do not to use your air conditioning until the storm has passed and the cover has been removed. Even if your HVAC unit was protected by a cover during the storm, check it over completely after the weather has passed for any signs of damage.
 
Keep Your Yard Clear
Blowing debris can often come from right in your own yard. Keeping your yard well maintained is a good way to protect your HVAC system. Make sure the area around your outdoor unit is clear for at least four feet in all directions and keep any nearby trees or landscaping trimmed. Remove dead branches promptly to prevent them from being knocked loose in a storm. If a storm is looming, bring bicycles, lawnmowers, and other equipment indoors to prevent it from being blown into and damaging your HVAC system.
 
Raise Your HVAC Equipment
If your home is in a low area and flooding is a concern, raising your HVAC equipment off the floor or installing it on a higher level of your home can prevent water damage. You can find out the most likely height of potential floodwaters in your area either online or from your city’s building commission. Use this information to raise your HVAC system above the potential flood level to reduce the risk of damage caused by floodwaters. Your HVAC professional can provide more information about the type of equipment needed to raise your appliances above flood level.
 
Don’t let flooding and other storm damage affect your comfort at home—visit Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning on the web to learn more about our comprehensive heating and cooling services in your area! We also provide additional information you can use to maintain your HVAC equipment and extend its lifetime on our blog; click through our informative articles for more helpful tips you can use at home.
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