How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is coming, make sure your HVAC equipment is ready with these tips from Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare.
- 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 jump in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’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 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 safety of you and your family should come first, but if time permits, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on after a storm.
After the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Abbey Air Home Services by Enercare for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. 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 unit or ductwork.
If your system has suffered any damage, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Abbey Air and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.