Protecting your HVAC system from a thunderstorm

This equipment has valves, controls, and components that are especially vulnerable to water damage from floods that may not be visible

Protecting your home during a thunderstorm is essential for the safety of your family, your home, and your HVAC system. We all know the precautions we should take to protect our homes and families when a hurricane comes. But, you should also take precautions to protect your HVAC system. Knowing how to protect your HVAC system before the storm and how to approach it afterward not only helps to minimize system damage helps minimize system damage, and it can also help keep you safe. To keep your HVAC equipment as safe as possible during the storm, it’s recommended that you turn off the breakers to your AC or heat pump and indoor air handler or gas furnace. Turn off the gas supply to the gas furnace. Secure your outdoor unit and make sure all bolts are secure and tight and use hurricane straps when possible. If floodwater is a concern, have your HVAC unit placed on an elevated platform. Do not turn your HVAC system on right after the hurricane has passed. You should have it inspected by an HVAC professional first before you turn it back on. If your HVAC system was exposed to flooding or experienced other types of damage during the storm, some of that equipment may need to be replaced. If there is any question that flood water has reached your heating or cooling equipment, it should be checked by a qualified HVAC contractor. This equipment has valves, controls, and components that are especially vulnerable to water damage from floods that may not be visible. Corrosion begins inside the valves and controls, and damage may not be seen outside the unit.

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