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 recommendations from Midway Services.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically turn off your equipment if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’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 launched in the air or washing away throughout the course of a storm. If your community is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to protect your air conditioning system 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, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on at the end of a storm.
Once the storm has passed, be 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 unit. Call Midway Services 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 right away 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 suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Midway Services and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.