How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is approaching, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is primed with these suggestions from Freschi 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 standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your HVAC appliances if there’s a increase 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 securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away in 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 safety of you and your family should come first, but if time allows, shut off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on following a storm.
When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, make sure there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Freschi Service Experts for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the system 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 Freschi Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.