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How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm? 

When a storm is approaching, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these tips from Stevenson 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 typical wall outlet, to automatically turn off your equipment if there’s a spike 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 safely secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away during a storm. If your community 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, power off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on following a storm. 

  • Check For Damage 

After the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Stevenson Service Experts for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on immediately to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the system or ductwork. 

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations on what to do if your equipment suffers damage and then call Stevenson Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long. 

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