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 prepared with these recommendations from Stevenson Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Install 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 equipment if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’s help if you do not regularly use 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 launched 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 well-being of you and your family is priority, but if time will let you, power off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on following a storm.
Once the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Stevenson Service Experts for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the system or ductwork.
If your air conditioner 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 Stevenson Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.