How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is approaching, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is ready with these recommendations from Rolf Griffin Service Experts .
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut 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 outdoor equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being launched 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 is priority, but if time will let you, power off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on after a storm.
When the storm has passed, be 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 Rolf Griffin Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on right away to help dry the home and limit mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.
If your system 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 Rolf Griffin and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.