How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is approaching, make sure your HVAC equipment is ready with these recommendations from Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a common wall outlet, to automatically turn off your equipment if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’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 safely secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away throughout the course of a storm. If your region is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe from high winds.

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)

The well-being of you and your family should be priority, but if time permits, turn 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 system back on at the end of a storm.

  • Check For Damage

Once the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, make sure there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on right away to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If your air conditioner 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 Golden Seal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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