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 suggestions from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut off your equipment if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outside A/C equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away in 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 welfare of you and your family is priority, 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 system back on after a storm.
When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the unit 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.