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 Midway Services.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard 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 professional’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outside cooling 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 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, shut 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.
- Check For Damage
Once the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, confirm 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 equipment back on immediately to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.
If your system 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 membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.