After A Severe Storm, Take Precautions Before Starting Heating and Cooling Equipment
Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in Genesee County can cause problems for your HVAC units. As a homeowner, you need to take several precautions with HVAC Equipment before attempting to restart.
One of the main things to remember is not to immediately restart heating and cooling equipment after a severe storm. Starting up equipment right after a storm can be dangerous and could cause further damage. The equipment may be severely damaged, the wiring may be damaged, or it may have debris lodged in it. These are some of the many reasons why it’s best to have a qualified service technician inspect your heating and cooling equipment after a severe storm.
You shouldn’t feel too uneasy about getting equipment back to normal after a storm because improper maintenance and preparation can cause problems later down the road.
To ensure you and your family’s safety and prevent further damage to equipment, here are some steps to take after a storm:
- If the storm caused flooding, don’t start equipment until you are certain there is no water inside any components. If you’re not sure, don’t start it!
- Have a reputable electrician or a technician from the power company or city inspect your home’s internal and external wiring. They will make sure that everything is dry and safe before you turn on any electrical equipment.
- If the power company gives you the approval to turn on the electricity in your home, but you think you may have a problem with your heating and cooling equipment, have the service company disconnect the equipment from the electrical source. Get the equipment serviced properly first.
- If there was flooding, open equipment and, if possible, get some air circulation going to speed the drying process.