How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm?
When a storm is coming, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is ready with these tips from Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air.
Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a typical wall outlet, to automatically turn off your equipment 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 protect your air conditioning system from high winds.
The safety of you and your family is priority, but if time allows, turn off your heating and cooling system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on following a storm.
When the storm has passed, make sure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air for an equipment inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the equipment inspected by a professional, turn the heating and cooling system back on ASAP to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the system or ductwork.
If your air conditioner has suffered any damage, check out these tips on what to do if your equipment suffers damage and then call Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air and learn about our membership plans to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.
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