How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is on its way, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is prepared with these suggestions from Teays Valley Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut down your equipment if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, do not 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 outside A/C 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 area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to project your equipment from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The welfare of you and your family should come first, but if time permits, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on following a storm.
Once the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Teays Valley Service Experts for a system 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 ASAP to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.
If your air conditioner 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 Teays Valley Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.