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 heating and cooling equipment is prepared with these suggestions from Stevenson Service Experts. 

  • Protect Your System from the Surge 

Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like 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, do not 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 safely secured to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away in a storm. If your community 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 is priority, but if time allows, turn off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on following a storm. 

  • Check For Damage 

When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Stevenson Service Experts for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the unit or ductwork. 

If your system has suffered any damage, check out these tips 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 system in working order all year long. 

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