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 on its way, make sure your HVAC equipment is prepared with these suggestions from Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning.Protect Your System from the Surge Install a high-quality surge protector where any heavy appliances, for example, a furnace, are plugged into a common wall outlet, to automatically turn off your equipment if there’s a increase 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.Make Sure Everything is Anchored Confirm your outside cooling equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being thrown in the air or washing away during a storm. If your community 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 come first, but if time permits, power off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor unit with a tarp. Be sure to remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on at the end of a storm.Check For Damage Once the storm has passed, be sure the system is safe before powering it back on. First, verify there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the equipment. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning 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 immediately to help dry the home and prevent mold from getting into the unit or ductwork. If your air conditioner 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 Service Experts and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your HVAC system in working order all year long.