Occasionally the San Antonio area is vulnerable to the forces of hurricanes or tropical storms. Besides prioritizing hurricane safety tips that keep your family safe, it’s also a good idea to take steps to ensure your HVAC system stands up to the strong winds and rain.
The most important advice to follow before the storm comes from local authorities who will advise you on the severity of the upcoming storm and the precautions you need to take. Be sure you have at least three days worth of food and water on hand for each person, have fresh batteries for flashlights and a full tank of gas.
Preparing the HVAC System
Identify where the circuit breaker for the HVAC system is and label it. Be prepared to turn it off if the power goes out or you leave your home. Lightning strikes and power surges can both cause severe electrical damage to its components.
If excessively strong winds are forecast, consider having your HVAC contractor install straps on your outdoor condenser to keep it from being blown off its slab.
Think about wrapping the condenser if you don’t intend to run your HVAC system during the storm. When you cover it with a heavy tarp or plywood, the risk of being bent or damaged from blowing debris is lower. Use bungee cords to secure the tarp. Should you wrap it, do not turn it on until you remove the tarp. Turn the circuit breaker off first to prevent it from turning on by accident.
One of the hurricane safety tips that’s easy to forget is to shut off the gas valve should your HVAC system have a gas furnace.
After the Storm
Wait until power is stable after it’s restored before turning on the A/C. It’s possible to have damaging power surges while the lines are being repaired.
If your outdoor condenser shows any damage or makes strange noises, have a pro from Beyer Boys inspect it. Bent components or coil damage will interfere with its operation.
For more hurricane safety tips, contact Beyer Boys. We provide HVAC services for San Antonio homeowners.