How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is on its way, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is prepared with these recommendations from Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, for example, a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically turn off your equipment if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outside A/C equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away during a storm. If your community 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 come first, but if time will let you, power off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on following a storm.
Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on right away to help dry the home and prevent 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 Jack Nelson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.