How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

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 ready with these tips from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, for example, a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away in a storm. If your community is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe from high winds.

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)

The well-being of you and your family should come first, but if time permits, power off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on after a storm.

  • Check For Damage

Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 avoid mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If your system has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.