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 prepared with these tips from Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts.

  • 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 common wall outlet, to automatically shut off your equipment if there’s a spike in the line voltage. Also, don’t touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outdoor equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away throughout the course of 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 well-being of you and your family is priority, but if time allows, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on at the end of a storm.

  • Check For Damage

When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, confirm there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts for an 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 prevent mold from getting into the unit or ductwork.

If your system 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 Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.

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