How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is on its way, make sure your HVAC equipment is ready with these tips from Norrell Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a common wall outlet, to automatically shut down 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 are not familiar with using surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away in a storm. If your community is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The safety of you and your family is priority, but if time permits, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on after a storm.
When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, confirm there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Norrell Service Experts for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.
If your system has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Norrell Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.