How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is coming, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is primed with these recommendations from Falso 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 common wall outlet, to automatically turn off your HVAC appliances if there’s a increase in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’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 during a storm. If your community is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The safety of you and your family should be priority, but if time allows, power off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on after a storm.
Once the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Falso Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. 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 prevent mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.
If your air conditioner 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 Falso Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.