How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is coming, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is primed with these tips from Neal Harris 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 common 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 an expert’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away during a storm. If your community 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 will let you, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on following a storm.
Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, confirm there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Neal Harris Service Experts for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected 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 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 Neal Harris Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.