How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm? 

When a storm is on its way, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is primed with these tips 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 typical wall outlet, to automatically shut off your system if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, do not 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 securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away in a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe from high winds. 

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible) 

The well-being of you and your family should come first, but if time will let you, power off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on after a storm. 

  • Check For Damage 

Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, verify there are no signs 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 an inspection by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on right away to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the unit or ductwork. 

If your system has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations 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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