How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is approaching, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these recommendations from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut off your system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’s help if you need help assistance with 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 launched in the air or washing away during 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 welfare of you and your family should come first, but if time will let you, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on after a storm.

  • Check For Damage

After the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, make sure there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a system 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 as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit 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 Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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