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 air conditioning equipment is ready with these recommendations from Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • 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 equipment if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, do not 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 outdoor equipment is installed on a concrete pad and safely secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed 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 is priority, but if time allows, turn 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 unit back on at the end of 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 Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the equipment 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 tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Wesley Wood Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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