How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is on its way, make sure your HVAC equipment is ready with these tips 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 typical wall outlet, to automatically shut down your equipment if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outside cooling 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 protect your air conditioning system from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The well-being of you and your family should come first, but if time will let you, power off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on following a storm.
When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, confirm there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on right away 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 tips 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.