How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is approaching, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these tips from Pardee Service Experts.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Purchase 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 HVAC appliances if there’s a jump 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 outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly 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 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 will let you, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on after a storm.

  • Check For Damage

Once the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, confirm there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Pardee 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 heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and avoid 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 Pardee Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.

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