How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is approaching, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is ready with these recommendations from Wesley Wood Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut down your equipment if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’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 safely secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away during a storm. If your community 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 should come first, but if time allows, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system 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.
When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Wesley Wood Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had an inspection 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 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 Wesley Wood and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.