How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is coming, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these tips from McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Install 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 equipment 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 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 well-being of you and your family is priority, but if time permits, turn off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on following a storm.

  • Check For Damage

Once the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, confirm there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the equipment back on ASAP to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If your equipment 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 McElroy Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.

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