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 suggestions 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 standard 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 a professional’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 securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away throughout the course of a storm. If your community is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe 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 cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on after a storm.

  • Check For Damage

When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, verify there are no indications 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 equipment. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the equipment 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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