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 heating and cooling equipment is ready with these tips from Bob Brown Service Experts.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Purchase 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 system if there’s a spike 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 launched in the air or washing away throughout the course of a storm. If your community is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to protect your air conditioning system from high winds.

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)

The welfare of you and your family is priority, but if time allows, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on at the end of a storm.

  • Check For Damage

After the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, confirm there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Bob Brown Service Experts for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these tips on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Bob Brown and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.

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