How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is approaching, make sure your HVAC equipment is ready with these tips from R & M Climate Control Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a common wall outlet, to automatically turn off your equipment if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, never to 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 thrown in the air or washing away during a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to project your equipment from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The safety of you and your family should be priority, but if time permits, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on at the end of a storm.
After the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call R & M Climate Control Service Experts for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on right away to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.
If your air conditioner 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 R & M Climate Control Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.