How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is coming, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is ready with these recommendations from Church Services.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your equipment 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 are not familiar with using surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outside A/C equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed 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 well-being of you and your family should be priority, 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 system back on following a storm.

  • Check For Damage

Once the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, verify there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Church Services 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 equipment back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If your air conditioner has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Church Services and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.

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