How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is coming, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is ready with these tips from Peachtree Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Invest in 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 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 outdoor 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 system back on after a storm.
Once the storm has passed, make 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 a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on right away to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the unit 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 Peachtree and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.