How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm
When a storm is on its way, make sure your heating and air conditioning equipment is prepared with these tips from BW/Cook Service Experts.
- Protect Your System from the Surge
Purchase a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like 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, never to 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 A/C equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away during a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to protect your air conditioning system from high winds.
- Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)
The well-being of you and your family is priority, but if time will let you, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on after a storm.
After the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, confirm there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call BW/Cook Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on immediately to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.
If your equipment 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 BW/Cook Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.