How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm Published on June 17, 2017 How Do You Prepare HVAC Equipment for a Storm When a storm is approaching, make sure your heating and cooling equipment is primed with these tips from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.Protect Your System from the Surge Invest in a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, like a furnace, are plugged into a standard 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 professional’s help if you need help assistance with 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 thrown in the air or washing away throughout the course of a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to project your equipment from high winds.Cover Your Equipment (If Possible) The well-being of you and your family should be priority, but if time will let you, shut 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 system back on at the end of a storm.Check For Damage Once the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, make sure there are no signs of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a system inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the unit. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the equipment back on immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork. If your system 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 Service Experts and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.