How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is approaching, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these tips from Golden Seal Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a common wall outlet, to automatically shut off your system 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 properly secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away throughout the course of a storm. If your area 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 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 at the end of a storm.
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 system. Call Golden Seal Service Experts 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 immediately to help dry the home and avoid 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 Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Golden Seal and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.