How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is approaching, make sure your HVAC equipment is ready with these recommendations from Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your equipment if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’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 properly secured to avoid the equipment from being launched 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 is priority, but if time will let you, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Make sure you 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 powering it back on. First, verify there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the equipment 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 Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.

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