How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is approaching, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these tips from Parker Pearce Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your HVAC appliances if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, do not 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 outside A/C equipment is installed on a concrete pad and safely secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away throughout the course of a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to project your equipment from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The welfare of you and your family should be priority, but if time permits, 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 unit back on at the end of a storm.
When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Parker Pearce Service Experts for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the equipment back on as soon as possible 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 Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Parker Pearce Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.