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 Calverley 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 typical wall outlet, to automatically turn off your HVAC appliances if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’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 keep your equipment safe from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The safety of you and your family should be priority, but if time allows, shut 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.
When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, confirm there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. 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 heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.
If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Calverley and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.