How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is approaching, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is ready with these recommendations from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Install 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 increase in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away during a storm. If your region is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to project your equipment from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The safety of you and your family should come first, but if time permits, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on after a storm.
When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an 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 immediately 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 tips 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.