How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is on its way, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is ready with these recommendations from Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your system if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’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 properly secured to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away in a storm. If your area 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 allows, power off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on following a storm.

  • Check For Damage

Once the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, verify there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible 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 Broad Ripple Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.

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