How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is coming, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these tips from Stark Services.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically turn off your HVAC appliances if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outside A/C equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away in 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 come first, but if time allows, shut off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on at the end of a storm.

  • Check For Damage

When the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, confirm there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Stark Services 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 immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If your air conditioner 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 Stark Services and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.

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