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 recommendations from Peitz 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 standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your equipment if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outdoor equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away throughout the course of a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to project your equipment from high winds.

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)

The safety of you and your family is priority, but if time will let you, power off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on after a storm.

  • Check For Damage

Once 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 system. Call Peitz Service Experts for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on right away to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If your system 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 Peitz Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.

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