Steps for Storm Readiness . . .
Whether they call it a superstorm, tropical storm or a hurricane, these devastating weather events can cause catastrophic damage. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted 14 named storms, 8 hurricanes, and 3 major hurricanes for the 2016 season. Follow these steps for storm readiness!
- Understand the dangers to your HVAC system from hurricanes:
- Wind – high winds of a tropical storm or hurricane can turn loose objects into projectiles that can collide with your outdoor air conditioning unit, possibly piercing the coils or damaging the fins.
- Flood water – even if you are in a high-rise building, your HVAC system can be damaged by water. Windows can be blown out, pipes can rupture, roofing can be torn off. When your equipment gets wet, especially with salt water, valves and wiring can quickly become corroded.
- Lightning – power surges from lightning and downed power lines can cause your HVAC’s compressor to fail.
- Know how to protect your equipment:
- Secure the outdoor unit – make sure the bolts to the base are intact and tight. Also make sure there are hurricane straps – if not, have them installed.
- Elevate the equipment – if floodwater is a concern, you should have your unit installed on an elevated platform.
- Have a plan when a storm is on the way:
- Batten down the hatches – make sure those straps are installed and working properly. Remove any loose objects in the areas that can be blown around.
- Turn off your HVAC equipment – when there is a possibility of a power outage, it is important to completely turn off the power to the system. That means at the circuit breaker and all thermostats. This will prevent power surges and damage to the compressor.
- After the “all clear” do not immediately turn your system back on:
- Before powering back on, call you expert technicians here at LHT Cooling, Heating & Refrigeration, Inc. to inspect for signs of electrical or water damage. This is critical when there has been flooding – especially from salt water.
Remember, it’s always better to “be safe” than “be sorry” by following these steps for storm readiness!