How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm?
When a storm is coming, make sure your HVAC equipment is ready with these recommendations from Comfort Masters Service Experts.
Install 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 system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, never to touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors.
Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away during a storm. If your region is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe from high winds.
The safety of you and your family should be priority, but if time allows, shut off your HVAC system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on following a storm.
When the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, verify there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Comfort Masters Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on ASAP to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork.
If your system has suffered any damage, check out these recommendations on what to do if your equipment suffers damage and then call Comfort Masters Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.
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