How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is on its way, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is primed with these tips from Knochelmann Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically shut down your system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and safely secured 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 protect your air conditioning system from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The well-being of you and your family should be priority, but if time allows, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on after a storm.
When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, make sure there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Knochelmann Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.
If your system 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 Knochelmann Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.