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 suggestions from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, for example, a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut down your system if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’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 safely secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away throughout the course of 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 safety 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 unit with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on at the end of a storm.
Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, confirm there are no signs 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 heating and cooling system back on right away to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system or ductwork.
If your system 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 system in working order all year long.