Severe weather can bring strong winds, heavy rains and even hail, which can severely damage outdoor HVAC units. If water infiltrates your basement during a storm, any appliances installed there can be damaged. Once equipment has been exposed to standing water, it should be assessed by an experienced HVAC professional before you try starting it up.
Here are some steps you can take to protect your HVAC unit before a storm or flood causes damage that requires costly repairs or component replacements:
Install a Sump Pump
If there are HVAC components situated in your home’s basement, a sump pump is a wise investment. Supplementing an electric sump pump with a portable unit that runs on a 12-volt battery is the best way to protect your costly HVAC equipment, even during a power outage. Remember to perform a periodic check to make sure your pump and power supply are fully functional and ready for an emergency.
Install a Protective Cover
You can shield intake fins from harm by installing hail guard netting. Adding a breathable, fitted cover provides an extra layer of protection against damage from airborne debris. Don’t forget to remove the cover before switching your equipment on again after a storm.
Keep the Yard Free of Debris
Clean up yard debris regularly, and trim and clear away dead branches from trees and shrubs. Always store or properly secure lawn furniture, yard equipment and gardening tools when a storm is predicted. Taking these precautions can lower the risk of impact damage during severe weather.
Elevate HVAC Equipment
If your outdoor condenser/compressor unit is located in a low spot, or if your home is situated in a flood-prone area, you can elevate it out of harm’s way by having a new concrete base installed. Your HVAC contractor can survey the site to determine the ideal height for the new base and ensure it’s level and stable.
For more advice on how to protect your HVAC unit, contact Detmer and Sons, Inc. We’ve been serving the heating and air conditioning needs of Dayton area homeowners since 1978.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Dayton, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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