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 tips from Pardee Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically turn off your HVAC appliances if there’s a spike 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 during 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 come first, but if time will let you, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on following a storm.
Once the storm has passed, be 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 system. Call Pardee Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the system or ductwork.
If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these tips 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 HVAC system in working order all year long.