How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm? 

When a storm is approaching, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these suggestions from Stevenson 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 common wall outlet, to automatically shut off your HVAC appliances if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, don’t 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 A/C equipment is installed on a concrete pad and safely secured to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away throughout the course of 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 should be priority, but if time permits, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on following a storm. 

  • Check For Damage 

When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Stevenson Service Experts for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the system or ductwork. 

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these tips on what to do if your equipment suffers damage and then call Stevenson 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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