Spring weather can go from balmy to blustery and worse quickly. Strong winds, heavy rain, or ice and snow can take a toll on your HVAC system, which might be completely avoidable with storm preparation in advance of bad weather.
- Identify the circuit breaker for your HVAC system and label it. Should the power go out, turn the system off at the breaker to prevent electrical damage that may occur as line crews work to restore it.
It’s not uncommon for the power to spike after an outage, and when the circuit breaker is off, those surges can’t hurt the electronic components inside the heating or cooling equipment. Wait until the power company has stabilized the power supply before turning the system back on.
- If you’re routinely away, consider installing a whole-house surge protector to keep all of your home’s devices and appliances safe from the damage power spikes can do. Storms aren’t the only cause of power surges. They can happen during grid switching, from car accidents, or during peak usage periods.
The cost of a whole-house surge protector for year-round storm preparation or normal electrical disruptions is small compared to replacing the appliances or devices damaged from power spikes.
- Consider anchoring the outdoor condenser to prevent it from tipping during a heavy wind by using tie downs or bolting it to the concrete pad on which it sits. Although they’re heavy, condensers will topple during a strong wind or gust.
- Set aside a tarp and twine or bungee cords to cover the outdoor condenser when high winds are forecast. The covering can protect the condenser from wind-blown debris that could irretrievably damage the fins or condensing coil inside it.
If your system is older, a coil may not be available, and you’ll have to replace the entire system, which takes time and could cost you the deductible for your homeowner’s insurance.
Contact the experts at Roth Heating & Cooling for more information about tying down your HVAC system down and adding a surge protector for storm preparation. We provide trusted HVAC services for Portland area homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).