How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is approaching, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is primed with these tips from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your HVAC appliances if there’s a spike 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 cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away in a storm. If your community is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to protect your air conditioning system from high winds.

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)

The welfare 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. You must 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 powering it back on. First, confirm there are no indicators 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 equipment back on right away to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If your equipment 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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