How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is coming, make sure your HVAC equipment is primed 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 standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your HVAC appliances 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 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 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 will let you, power off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on following a storm.
When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, make sure 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 the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on right away to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.
If your system 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 HVAC equipment in working order all year long.