How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm?
When a storm is coming, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is ready with these recommendations from Golden Seal Service Experts.
Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically turn off your equipment if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors.
Confirm your outside cooling 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 region is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to protect your air conditioning system from high winds.
The safety of you and your family should come first, but if time allows, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on following a storm.
When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Golden Seal Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.
If your air conditioner has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations on what to do if your equipment suffers damage and then call Golden Seal Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.
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