How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm? 

When a storm is coming, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is prepared with these recommendations from Stevenson Service Experts. 

  • 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 down your equipment if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors. 

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored 

Confirm your outdoor equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away in 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 welfare of you and your family is priority, but if time allows, shut off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on after a storm. 

  • Check For Damage 

When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, verify there are no indications 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 unit. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the equipment back on right away to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the system or ductwork. 

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on what to do if your equipment suffers 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. 

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