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 heating and cooling equipment is primed with these suggestions from Bryant Heating & Cooling 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 typical wall outlet, to automatically shut off your HVAC appliances if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’s help if you do not regularly use 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 during a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe from high winds.

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)

The well-being of you and your family should come first, but if time will let you, power off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on after a storm.

  • Check For Damage

After the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, verify there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Bryant Heating & Cooling 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 right away to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the equipment 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 Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.

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