How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

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 ready with these suggestions from McKinley Heating Service Experts.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, such as a furnace, are plugged into a standard wall outlet, to automatically shut down your HVAC appliances if there’s a jump 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 outdoor equipment is installed on a concrete pad and safely secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away in a storm. If your region is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to protect your air conditioning system from high winds.

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)

The welfare of you and your family is priority, but if time allows, turn off your HVAC 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 at the end of a storm.

  • Check For Damage

After the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, confirm there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call McKinley Heating Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had an inspection by a professional, turn the equipment back on right away to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.

If your equipment has suffered any damage, check out these suggestions on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call McKinley Heating Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.

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