How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm?
When a storm is approaching, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is ready with these recommendations from Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your system 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 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 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 well-being of you and your family should come first, but if time allows, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on after a storm.
- Check For Damage
Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Stallion Heating and 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 heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the system or ductwork.
If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations on what to do if your equipment suffers damage and then call Stallion Heating and Air Conditioning and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.
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