How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

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

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, for example, a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut down your HVAC appliances if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outdoor equipment is installed on a concrete pad and safely secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away throughout the course of a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe from high winds.

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)

The well-being of you and your family should come first, but if time permits, power off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. You must 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, make sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, verify there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.

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

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