How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is coming, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is primed with these suggestions from Air Engineers Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your HVAC appliances if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outdoor 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 community is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The safety of you and your family should come first, but if time will let you, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on after a storm.
Once the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Air Engineers Service Experts for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the system or ductwork.
If your air conditioner has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Air Engineers Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.