How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is on its way, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these tips from Abbey Air 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 typical wall outlet, to automatically shut down your HVAC appliances if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, don’t 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 safely secured to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away in a storm. If your region is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to protect your air conditioning system from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The welfare of you and your family should come first, but if time allows, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on after a storm.
After the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Abbey Air Service Experts for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on ASAP to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.
If your system 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 Abbey Air Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.