How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is coming, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these recommendations from Roy Inch & Sons 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 jump in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’s help if you need help assistance with 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 thrown 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 safety of you and your family should be priority, but if time permits, power off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on after a storm.

  • Check For Damage

After the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, confirm there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on right away to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If your air conditioner 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 Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.

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