How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is approaching, make sure your HVAC equipment is ready with these tips from Peitz Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as 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 tossed 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 HVAC system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on following a storm.
- Check For Damage
Once the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, verify 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 equipment back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system 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 and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.