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 Climate Control Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like 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, don’t 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 A/C 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 region 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 should be priority, but if time allows, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on following a storm.
After the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Climate Control Service Experts for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.
If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Climate Control and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.