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 HVAC equipment is primed with these recommendations from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your HVAC appliances if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’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 properly secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away in a storm. If your region 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 is priority, but if time will let you, power off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on after a storm.

  • Check For Damage

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 an inspection by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on immediately 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 recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Service Experts and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.

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