How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm? 

When a storm is approaching, make sure your HVAC equipment is ready with these suggestions from Stevenson Service Experts. 

  • 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 system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you do not regularly use surge protectors. 

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored 

Confirm your outdoor equipment is installed on a concrete pad and safely secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away in 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 welfare of you and your family should come first, but if time permits, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on following a storm. 

  • Check For Damage 

Once the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, confirm there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Stevenson Service Experts for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on ASAP to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork. 

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations on what to do if your equipment suffers damage and then call Stevenson Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long. 

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