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 prepared with these suggestions from All American Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, for example, a furnace, are plugged into a common wall outlet, to automatically turn off your equipment if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’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 launched in the air or washing away during 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 safety of you and your family should come first, but if time permits, shut off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on following a storm.

  • Check For Damage

When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call All American Air Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Service Experts and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.

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