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 air conditioning equipment is ready with these tips 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 shut down your equipment 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 do not regularly use surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and safely secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed 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 well-being of you and your family should be priority, but if time will let you, turn off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on following a storm.

  • Check For Damage

After the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. 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 system inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If your air conditioner 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 membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.

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