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 Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. 

  • 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 off your HVAC appliances if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, do not 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 A/C 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 area 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 will let you, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on after a storm. 

  • Check For Damage 

After the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing 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 HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and avoid 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 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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