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, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard 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 outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away in 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 equipment with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on after a storm.
After the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Bryant Heating & Cooling Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. 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 recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Bryant and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.