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How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm? 

When a storm is approaching, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is primed with these suggestions from Stevenson 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 standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’s help if you do not regularly use surge protectors. 

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored 

Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly 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 keep your equipment safe from high winds. 

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible) 

The welfare of you and your family should be priority, but if time allows, shut off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on at the end of a storm. 

  • Check For Damage 

When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, verify there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Stevenson 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 HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the system or ductwork. 

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on what to do if your equipment suffers damage and then call Stevenson Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long. 

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