How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is approaching, make sure your HVAC equipment is primed with these suggestions from Freschi Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut down your HVAC appliances 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 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 during a storm. If your region 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 equipment with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on after a storm.
When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before starting it back up. 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 equipment. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and prevent 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 Freschi and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.