Protecting Your Air Conditioner Before Storms

Having more Air Conditioner and general HVAC protection makes sense even if you have excellent homeowner’s insurance coverage. Storms can damage your equipment, and that can result in the loss of use, which could be costly, not to mention uncomfortable, in the winter.

  • CIRCUIT BREAKER LABELS: Label the breakers for your major appliances, including the HVAC system, and instruct family members old enough to turn them off when severe weather warnings have been issued.
  • SURGE PROTECTORS: You can use a whole-house surge protector or use them individually to protect your appliances and devices from power surges. These power spikes not only occur after a power outage, but also throughout the day and night during good weather. A whole-house protector will prevent damage to anything plugged in, while one specifically for your HVAC system will shield it from electrical damage 24/7.
  • GENERATOR: In the hot months you can keep your refrigerator going, and in the winter a generator could provide enough electricity to power a space heater.
  • TIE DOWN CONDENSOR: Strong winds associated with storms can topple the outdoor condenser for the air conditioner or heat pump. An HVAC pro can secure it to its slab to prevent tipping from strong gusts. When the condenser tips over, the damage may be irreparable. Unless your system is fairly new, you may have to replace it entirely.
  • BUSHES AND TREES: Removing dead tree limbs or those close to the home’s structure will provide some HVAC protection. Severe storms and winds can cause even healthy limbs and branches to fall on the condenser.

When the seasons cool down, Air Conditioners and outdoor related equipment protection will keep you and your system safer during extreme weather. To learn more, contact All Weather Heating, Air & Solar in Vacaville, Solano County.

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Is Your HVAC System Protected From Power Surges?

It’s late at night and you are tired. Outside it is thundering, raining, and lightning. You aren’t really worried though. You know your home is safe and secure against any weather hazards that could potentially happen with the strength of this storm. You being to prepare for bed, and then it happens. All in a split second you hear thunder and lightning, your lights flicker and then a zap. Your home has been hit by a power surge.

Once you realize what has happened, you breathe easier knowing that you have protected your computer and other important electronic equipment by purchasing and using surge protection power strips. But then you realize your air conditioning is no longer working. Could it be that you just need HVAC maintenance? You didn’t even know that your HVAC system could be affected by a power surge, however, now you have learned the hard way.

Power surges can be internal or external. A variety of different factors can contribute to a power surge in your home, such as:

• Lightning and Electrical Storms

• Downed Power Lines

• Faulty Building Wiring

• Power Outages

• Cycling On or Off of large appliances

• Maintenance at the power plant

• Aged or Bad Electrical Components

Most homeowners make a mistake thinking that because they have purchased and are using surge protection, such as special electrical outlets or surge protection power strips, that they are protected from a power surge. This couldn’t be further than the truth. Using these items will help protect the small appliances and computers that are plugged into them, but they will not provide protection for larger appliances like a washer or dryer unit, your HVAC system, hot water heater or boiler.

Protect Your Home Utilities
Don’t take it for granted that your HVAC system is protected. If you don’t want this scenario, or something similar, happening to you, it is time to take action. Pick up your phone and call your HVAC professional to ask about home power surge protection. Your HVAC professional can help protect your HVAC system and other large appliances against all types of power surges that can happen in your home.