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 cooling equipment is ready with these recommendations from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, for example, a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your system if there’s a spike 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 securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away during a storm. If your region is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to protect your air conditioning system from high winds.

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)

The safety of you and your family should come first, but if time permits, shut off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on after 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 indications of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on right away to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If your equipment 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 membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.

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