How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

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 recommendations from Levy & Son Service Experts.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut down your equipment if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outside A/C equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away during 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 welfare of you and your family should come first, but if time will let you, turn off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment 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, be sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Levy & Son Service Experts for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on right away to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the system 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 Levy & Son Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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