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

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a common wall outlet, to automatically shut off your equipment if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you do not regularly use surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outside A/C equipment is installed on a concrete pad and safely secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away during a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to project your equipment from high winds.

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)

The safety of you and your family is priority, but if time permits, power off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on following a storm.

  • Check For Damage

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

If your equipment 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 HVAC system in working order all year long.

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