How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm? 

When a storm is approaching, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is ready 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 turn off your system if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, do not 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 outdoor equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown 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 welfare of you and your family should come first, but if time permits, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on at the end of a storm. 

  • Check For Damage 

When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the equipment back on right away to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork. 

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations 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 heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long. 

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