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Best Ways to Start Spring Storm Preparation for Your HVAC

Best Ways to Start Spring Storm Preparation for Your HVAC

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).  

Storm Preparation for Spring: What You Need to Know

Storm Preparation for Spring: What You Need to KnowAlthough Portland is blessed with relatively mild weather, residents shouldn’t necessarily be complacent. In springtime, we can still get some winter blasts, as well as some strong rain that could lead to flooding.

Just to be on the safe side, why not review the following tips for storm prep this season? You’ll be ahead of the game, and ready for anything Mother Nature deals out.

Flooding

While Portland rarely sees thunderstorms and tornadoes, we can get heavy rains that could cause flooding. If you’re new to the area, or even if you’ve resided here longer and aren’t real sure about potential flooding in your neighborhood, it bears checking it out by researching government websites to discover flood-prone areas. In times of heavy rain, some residents should also be on the lookout for mudslides.

If a thunderstorm is approaching, avoid going out of doors as long as you can hear thunder. If you hear thunder, you’re within striking distance of lightning. Also, unplug your major electric appliances, including the air conditioner, to avoid damage in a power surge.

If you suspect your home is subject to flooding, have a plan for evacuation in times of heavy rainfall . Keep the car gassed, and some survival supplies on hand. Make sure you have flood insurance — your regular insurance will not cover flooding from natural causes — well in advance of any storm.

Also, if you live in a flood-prone area, make sure that your air conditioner compressor is located in an elevated area, as much as possible, to avoid damage from high waters.

Power outages

It’s always possible the power could go off from high winds, ice on power lines or lightning strikes, so be prepared. Have at least a three-day supply of food, water, pet food and essential medicines on hand. Keep blankets and warm clothing handy, as well as a good supply of batteries and a battery-powered lantern, flashlight and weather radio. A backup generator will allow you to have the minimum electrical conveniences needed to stay comfortable and safe.

To learn more about storm prep, contact us at Roth Heading and Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical. We’ve served Portland and the surrounding area since 1976.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Metro Portland, Oregon area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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