How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is coming, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these tips from Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut off your system if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away throughout the course of a storm. If your area 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 is priority, but if time permits, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor unit 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

After the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on ASAP to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If your system 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 Fras-Air/General Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.

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