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 tips 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 shut off your system if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for an expert’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 properly secured to avoid the equipment from being launched in the air or washing away in a storm. If your region 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 permits, shut off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor equipment with a tarp. You must remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on following a storm.Check For Damage After the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before starting it back up. First, verify there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the system. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an 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 avoid mold from getting into the equipment or ductwork. If your equipment 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.