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 HVAC equipment is prepared with these tips from Mountainwest 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 down your equipment if there’s a jump in the line voltage. Also, do not touch any electrical components, and ask for a technician’s help if you need help assistance with surge protectors.Make Sure Everything is Anchored Confirm your outside A/C equipment is installed on a concrete pad and properly secured to avoid the equipment from being tossed in the air or washing away in a storm. If your area is prone to hurricanes, use hurricane straps to keep your equipment safe from high winds.Cover Your Equipment (If Possible) The safety of you and your family should come first, but if time allows, turn off your heating and air conditioning system and cover the outdoor system with a tarp. Make sure you remove the tarp and any debris before you turn your equipment back on at the end of a storm.Check For Damage After the storm has passed, ensure the system is safe before turning it back on. First, make sure there are no indicators of damage and clean any debris from around the unit. Call Mountainwest Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an inspection if there is any damage or flooding to the system. Once you’ve had the system inspected by a professional, turn the HVAC system back on ASAP 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 recommendations on What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage and then call Mountainwest Service Experts and learn about our Ultimate Protection Plan to help keep your heating and cooling equipment in working order all year long.