How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is coming, make sure your HVAC equipment is ready with these recommendations from Roy Inch & Sons Home Services by Enercare.
- 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 technician’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 safely secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed 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 be priority, but if time permits, power off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on after a storm.
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 Home Services by Enercare 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 limit mold from getting into the equipment 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 and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.