How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is on its way, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these tips from Peachtree Service Experts.

  • 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 shut down your system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away throughout the course of 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 be priority, but if time will let you, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on after a storm.

  • Check For Damage

Once the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Peachtree Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the equipment back on right away to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the unit 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 Peachtree Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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