How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is approaching, make sure your HVAC equipment is ready with these tips from Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard 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 are not familiar with using 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 launched in the air or washing away in 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.
After the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, verify there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Rolf Griffin Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 HVAC system back on right away to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.
If your equipment 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 Rolf Griffin Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.