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 heating and cooling equipment is prepared with these suggestions from Strand Brothers Service Experts.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut off your system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outside cooling 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 region is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to protect your air conditioning system from high winds.

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)

The well-being of you and your family is priority, but if time permits, shut off your heating and air conditioning 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 following a storm.

  • Check For Damage

Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, make sure there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Strand Brothers Service Experts for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the equipment 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 Strand Brothers Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.

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