Homeowners should not be too eager to get things back to normal after a storm, because improper maintenance and preparation can cause problems years later.
After a severe thunderstorm, tornado or hurricane - natural events that frequent Central Florida - homeowners need to take several precautions before attempting to salvage or restart heating and cooling equipment.
"It's important to remember not to immediately restart heating and cooling equipment after a severe storm because it can be dangerous and could cause further damage," said Don Shehane, Residential Service Manager at Energy Air.
"The equipment may be severely damaged, its 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."
"To ensure your safety and prevent further damage to equipment, take the following steps after a storm:
"Unscrupulous companies can descend on disaster areas," Don says. "Be careful. If necessary, go without service a little longer to make sure you get real value for your money."