How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is approaching, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these recommendations from Parker Pearce Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically turn off your HVAC appliances if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, never to 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 properly secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away throughout the course of a storm. If your region is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to project your equipment from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The safety of you and your family should be priority, but if time permits, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on at the end of a storm.
After the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, confirm there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Parker Pearce Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the system 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 Parker Pearce and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.