How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is on its way, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these suggestions from Comfortech Service Experts .
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, for example, a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically turn off your equipment if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outdoor equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away in a storm. If your region is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe 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. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on at the end of a storm.
When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, verify there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Comfortech Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on right away to help dry the home and limit 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 Comfortech and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.