What to do for Your HVAC System After a Hurricane

Hurricane season is normal in Florida, but each one is different and means varying levels of maintenance to your home and property. Some hurricanes leave your property untouched and others cause your home to need costly repairs. The same is true with your HVAC system after a hurricane. It’s usually necessary to call an HVAC repair technician if your system is not working, but what else should you consider? Here are our top recommendations.

Be Proactive

Taking precautions to protect your HVAC system before a storm prevents damage when a hurricane hits your area.

  • Check to make sure your air conditioning unit does not wobble or move
  • Cover the unit with a tarp secured with bungee cords to prevent debris from entering the unit (Don’t run it while covered)
  • Trim trees and bushes with branches that overhang your unit or could rub.
  • Cover your windows with boards or metal to prevent damage and water from flooding your home

HVAC System Maintenance After a Hurricane

You know about spring cleaning for your HVAC system, but what maintenance is needed after a hurricane? The strong winds could have loosened something, driven debris into the unit or coil, drenched the air conditioning unit, or flooded the electrical equipment. These will have a huge impact on how well your unit works and, depending on the location of your ductwork, and whether there was any standing water, there may also be harmful bacteria that you do not want throughout your home. Flooding is common during a hurricane and standing water causes concern for bacteria and mold.

It may seem like a hassle to hire a technician to inspect your HVAC system if it seems to be functioning, but better to be over cautious and safe, rather than risk damaging the equipment or the health of your family and occupants. Not having your unit inspected may put you at risk of spreading mold throughout your home if the duct work or equipment was subjected to moisture or water.

Check Your Warranty

Each company varies, but if your furnace or air conditioning unit is not covered by the manufacturer warranty, check with your homeowners’ insurance policy. Knowing the process of how to file a claim and which company you will work with before damage occurs, alleviates stress after a hurricane.

If your HVAC system requires repair this hurricane season give us a call. Ball Building Services licensed technicians to have years of experience identifying HVAC system damage. We will work with you to quickly repair or replace your system after the storm.