How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm? 

When a storm is on its way, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is primed with these tips from Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. 

  • 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 equipment if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, do not 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 safely secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away throughout the course of a storm. If your area 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 should come first, but if time allows, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on at the end of a storm. 

  • Check For Damage 

After 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 & Plumbing for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on immediately to help dry the home and avoid 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 equipment suffers damage and then call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long. 

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