How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is coming, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is prepared with these recommendations from Gordon's Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, for example, a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your system if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors.
- Make Sure Everything is Anchored
Confirm your outdoor equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away in a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to project your equipment from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The welfare of you and your family should come first, but if time will let you, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on at the end of a storm.
After the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, confirm there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Gordon's Service Experts for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on ASAP to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.
If your equipment 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 Gordon's and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.