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 cooling equipment is prepared with these recommendations from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut down your system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’s help if you are not familiar with using 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 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 well-being of you and your family is priority, but if time will let you, shut off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on following a storm.

  • Check For Damage

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

If your system has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions 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.

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