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Preparing Your HVAC System for Spring Storms: What Homeowners Need to Know

By Community, helpful tips, Residential

As spring unfolds, so does the potential for severe weather, including tornadoes, thunderstorms, and high winds. While you may already have emergency plans in place for your family’s safety, it’s crucial not to overlook the impact severe weather can have on your HVAC system. Here’s what homeowners need to know to prepare their HVAC systems for spring storms:

Secure Outdoor Equipment: Strong winds associated with spring storms can wreak havoc on outdoor HVAC units. Make sure your outdoor equipment is properly secured to withstand high winds. Consider installing hurricane straps or anchors to keep your unit in place.

Trim Trees and Branches: Trim any overhanging branches or trees near your outdoor unit. During severe weather, falling branches can cause significant damage to your HVAC system. Keeping vegetation clear helps minimize the risk of debris obstructing airflow or damaging your unit.

Protect from Flood Damage: Spring storms often bring heavy rainfall, increasing the risk of flooding. If your HVAC system is located in a basement or low-lying area prone to flooding, consider elevating the unit or installing a flood barrier to prevent water damage.

Shut Off Power: In the event of a severe storm or tornado warning, shut off power to your HVAC system to prevent damage from power surges or electrical issues. This simple precaution can safeguard your system and prevent costly repairs.

Schedule Post-Storm Inspection: After the storm has passed, schedule a professional inspection of your HVAC system. A qualified technician can assess any damage, clean debris from outdoor units, and ensure your system is functioning safely and efficiently. We’re happy to help inspect your equipment, contact us to schedule an appointment.

Check for Hail Damage: Inspect your outdoor unit for signs of hail damage, such as dents or bent fins. Hail can compromise the performance of your HVAC system, so it’s essential to address any damage promptly.

By taking these proactive measures, homeowners can protect their HVAC systems from the impact of spring storms, ensuring continued comfort and safety for their families.

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