How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is on its way, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is ready with these suggestions from TML 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 shut off your equipment if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, never to 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 safely secured to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away throughout the course of 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 allows, power 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 unit back on after a storm.
After 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 TML Service Experts for an 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 right away to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.
If your system has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call TML and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.