How to Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

June 17, 2017

How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm

When a storm is coming, make sure your HVAC equipment is ready with these suggestions from Winnipeg Supply Service Experts.

  • Protect Your System from the Surge

Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like 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, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a professional’s help if you are not familiar with using surge protectors.

  • Make Sure Everything is Anchored

Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and securely fastened to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away during a storm. If your community is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to protect your air conditioning system from high winds.

  • Cover Your Equipment (If Possible)

The safety of you and your family is priority, but if time allows, power off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your unit back on after a storm.

  • Check For Damage

Once the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, verify there are no indications of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Winnipeg Supply Service Experts for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the equipment. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on as soon as possible to help dry the home and avoid mold from getting into the system or ductwork.

If your air conditioner 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 Winnipeg Supply Service Experts and learn about our membership plans to help keep your HVAC equipment in working order all year long.

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