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 prepared with these recommendations 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 standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your HVAC appliances if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’s help if you are not familiar with using 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 in 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 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. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on at the end of a storm. 

  • Check For Damage 

When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, confirm there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Stevenson Service Experts for an equipment 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 ASAP to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the equipment 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 HVAC equipment in working order all year long. 

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