South Carolina is no stranger to hurricane season and anytime a storm is likely to hit, stores run out of water, wood, flashlights and non-perishable items as families prepare for the hurricane. Homeowners board up their windows, store any outdoor items that may cause damage and move their car to a safe location, but many forget to check their heating and cooling system.
HVAC systems can range from $4,000-$10,000 and sometimes more, so we’re sharing some tips to help you prepare for hurricanes and hopefully prevent any unnecessary damage.
Check the outdoor unit anchor/clips
First, start by checking how your outdoor unit is being held down. If you had your system installed by us, we ensure every outdoor unit is tied down with condenser clips, also known as hurricane clips. We attach four to every unit to help prevent any movement with strong winds. If you notice one is loose or your system is not tied down, please make sure to call a licensed contractor to secure your system.
Cover your outdoor unit
After ensuring your system is secure, cover your outdoor unit with a tarp to protect any debris from entering the system. Make sure you turn your system off before covering and do NOT turn it back on until after you remove the tarp.
Install A Surge Protector
Have a surge protector installed on your system to help protect the electrical components of your system. This will help protect your system from any surge that may happen during the storm and prevent you from having to replace/repair your system. Call a licensed HVAC contractor to install a surge protector properly.
Turn off gas supply to the furnace
Not every home has a gas furnace but if you do, then it is essential that you turn off the gas supply to your furnace to help protect against house fires.
Turn off the breakers to your system
Turn off the breakers to all parts of your HVAC system. Including the outdoor unit and the indoor unit if you have one. It is best to have your system inspected before turning your system back on; however, if you do not wish to do so, then wait until the storm has fully passed before turning your system back on.
If you have any questions regarding storm safety and your HVAC equipment call us at (843) 863-0967 and we’ll be happy to answer.