Living in an area that deals with earthquakes regularly it’s important to be prepared before any major earthquakes can happen. Anyone who has experienced a major quake knows how much damage it can cause to your home. As well as the cost of getting it repaired without proper insurance. HVAC units also can get damaged if not properly enforced and the damages can be costly. There are some ways though to enforce your HVAC system to protect it from costly damages from a major earthquake.

Damages From an Earthquake

Exterior Damage: Depending on the HVAC unit you have there can be a number of exterior components that can be damaged. The unit can shift which can damage the refrigerant line, electrical conduit, gas line, and the condensate piping can have damages or begin to leak. This can not only affect the performance of your HVAC but also be a health risk from the gas and refrigerant leaks into your home.

HVAC Unit Moving: The shaking from an earthquake can move any unit, even very heavy ones, off its pad. Outside with the condenser unit it can be knocked off balance which can lead to damages and leaks. The indoor units in the attic or closet could have shifted and possibly been damaged as well. If either have been knocked over, the fan inside the unit can move and potentially break.

Preventative Measures

Restraint Brackets: Brackets are attached to the corners of your HVAC unit to support the vibration isolators. They’re able to reduce the vibration shocks for the unit from the seismic vibrations. Make sure this is retrofitted and have a professional come to do it.

Flex-Line Piping: The gas and condensate piping from your HVAC system aren’t flexible and can possibly crack and break during an earthquake. It’s recommended that a flexible piece of piping is inserted into this line to absorb any vibrations so it doesn’t break. This can reinforce the lines and protect them from any earthquake damages.

Vibration Isolators: Vibrations can cause a lot of damage to your HVAC system during an earthquake. Having vibration isolators installed is highly recommended for earthquake proofing. Vibration isolators are installed at the bottom of your unit and absorb movement so the internal components aren’t damaged in an earthquake.

Preparing for any natural disasters isn’t always fun, but it is a necessary precaution in keeping you and your family safe. Reinforcing your HVAC system now helps prepare and save you a lot if any damage occurs. For one less thing to worry about, call Omni Air HVAC for all your earthquake proofing needs.

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