How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is on its way, make sure your HVAC equipment is ready with these suggestions from Coastal Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Install 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 system if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outdoor equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away in a storm. If your community 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 should come first, but if time permits, shut off your heating and cooling 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.
When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, make sure there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Coastal Service Experts for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit 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 Coastal Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.