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 D.A. Bennett Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, for example, a furnace, are plugged into a common wall outlet, to automatically shut off your HVAC appliances if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’s help if you do not regularly use 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 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, turn 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 equipment back on after a storm.
When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call D.A. Bennett 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 right away to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.
If your air conditioner 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 D.A. Bennett Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.