Spring and autumn bring plenty of stormy weather to the Rochester area. So, it’s an excellent idea to be ready. Along with ensuring your home is sealed up and having an emergency kit, you should be preparing your HVAC system for storms.  Storm damage to your heating and cooling unit can create long-term issues if it isn’t handled quickly or stopped altogether.

 

Before the Storm Hits

Here are a couple of ways you can protect your heat and A/C unit before the first storm one hits:

Store loose objects away from your HVAC units – One of the main culprits of storm damage is wind. It takes a mighty wind to blow over your outside system. Though, it’s common for it to get harmed by flying debris such as lawn equipment, bikes, outdoor furniture, toys, etc.) Be sure you put all those things in your shed or garage so they can’t get blown away by the wind.

Rochester NY HVAC Protect during storms

Units installed behind a protective wall

Cover outdoor unit – To hinder anything from getting into and damaging your condenser, it’s a solid idea to turn it off and put a fitted cover over it during a storm. If severe rain is in the forecast, it could flood your outdoor unit.

Put in hail guards – If there’s a possibility for large hail, install hail guards on your outside system to stop severe damage.

 

After the Storm Has Passed

When the storm has passed, there are a couple of things you can examine to be sure your system is good to go. One of the most crucial things to look for is disconnected or loose electrical wires, which can be lethal to you and your HVAC unit.

Perform Regular MaintenanceBadly maintained air conditioning units are more likely to get severely damaged, as current issues can be made worse during heavy weather. For instance, if the airflow around your condenser is restricted because of debris and dirt, any debris that gets into the unit will limit that airflow, even more, creating damage to the internal components.

If there’s any concern about the state of your HVAC system, get in touch with a heating and cooling expert to come and inspect for damage, and perform any vital repairs. Preparing your HVAC for storms is ideal, but sometimes you end up with damage anyway so an HVAC technician can evaluate your system for you.