How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is coming, make sure your HVAC equipment is ready with these suggestions from Hammond Plumbing & Heating.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, for example, a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your equipment if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’s help if you are not familiar with using 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 throughout the course of a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to protect your air conditioning system from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The safety of you and your family is priority, but if time will let you, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on at the end of a storm.
Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Hammond Plumbing & Heating 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 equipment back on ASAP to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.
If your air conditioner has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Hammond Plumbing and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.