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 heating and air conditioning equipment is prepared with these recommendations from A-PLUS Service Experts.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut down your system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, never to 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 outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away during a storm. If your area 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 is priority, but if time permits, power off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Make sure you 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, make sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, confirm there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call A-PLUS Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on right away to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

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

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