How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is coming, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is ready with these tips from Donelson Air Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut down your equipment if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’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 during a storm. If your community is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The safety of you and your family should be priority, but if time allows, shut off your heating and air conditioning 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.
After the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Donelson Air Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system or ductwork.
If your equipment 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 Donelson Air and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.