How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm? 

When a storm is coming, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is prepared with these tips from Norrell Service Experts. 

  • 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 common wall outlet, to automatically shut off your equipment if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, never to 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 A/C equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being thrown 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 is priority, but if time permits, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on at the end of a storm. 

  • Check For Damage 

After the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Norrell Service Experts for an 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 immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the system or ductwork. 

If your air conditioner has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on what to do if your equipment suffers damage and then call Norrell Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long. 

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