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 HVAC equipment is prepared with these suggestions from Stevenson Service Experts. 

  • Protect Your System from the Surge 

Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, for example, a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your HVAC appliances if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’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 during a storm. If your region is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to protect your air conditioning system from high winds. 

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible) 

The safety of you and your family should come first, but if time allows, turn 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 after a storm. 

  • Check For Damage 

Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, verify there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Stevenson Service Experts for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on ASAP to help dry the home and prevent 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 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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