How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

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 tips from Calverley Service Experts.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your HVAC appliances if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’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 properly secured to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away throughout the course of 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 safety of you and your family should be priority, but if time allows, turn off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor unit 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

When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Calverley Service Experts for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the equipment back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If your system 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 Calverley Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.

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