How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is approaching, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is prepared with these recommendations from Rob's Albertan 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 shut down 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 safely secured to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away in a storm. If your area 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 will let you, shut off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your system back on following a storm.
After the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, make sure there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Rob's Albertan Service Experts for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system 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 Rob's Albertan Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.