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 HVAC 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 common wall outlet, to automatically shut off your HVAC appliances if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and safely secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away during a storm. If your region 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 is priority, but if time allows, power off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on at the end of a storm.
- Check For Damage
Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, make sure there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the equipment back on immediately to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.
If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations 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 equipment in working order all year long.
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