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 suggestions from Air Engineers 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 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 professional’s help if you are not familiar with using 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 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 is priority, but if time will let you, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system 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 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 equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and prevent 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 and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.