How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is coming, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is primed with these suggestions from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut down your HVAC appliances if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’s help if you do not regularly use surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away in a storm. If your community is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe from high winds.

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)

The safety of you and your family should come first, but if time permits, power off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on at the end of a storm.

  • Check For Damage

Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.

If your system has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Service Experts and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.

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