HELP! My HVAC equipment has flooded!



By Cumberland Valley Heating and Air Conditioning 

Equipment Flooding and Safety Protocol 

Before attempting to salvage or operate water-damaged HVAC equipment, make safety your first priority.  Floodwater and heavy electrical equipment are a serious safety hazard; err on the side of safety when performing flood clean up.

First, consider the following to determine if your heating and cooling equipment is salvageable or needs to be replaced.

  • The amount of time the equipment was underwater;
  • Whether the electricity was on when the water flooded the unit; or
  • If the equipment is filled with dirt and debris.

Heavy rains and flooding can seriously affect heating and air conditioning equipment.  When in doubt, call us at Cumberland Valley Heating and Air Conditioning at 301-739-3830!

 

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If you determine the equipment does not need to be replaced, here are some tips to help ensure safe operation. For your own safety, first call us first at 301-739-3830 and ask us to advise you on the safety protocol:

  1. Turn off all electrical switches and gas valves.  Make sure to turn off all switches (i.e. disconnects and breakers) to the heating and cooling equipment.  If your furnace or water heater was submerged, shut off gas valves to prevent exposure to leaking gas.
  2. Dry out the equipment.  If the equipment was under water, open it up and allow air circulation to speed the drying process.
  3. Have you equipment and wiring inspected.  Do not attempt to turn on flooded equipment until you have it inspected and serviced by Cumberland Valley Heating and Air Conditioning. If debris present, call us at 301-739-3830 for a system check.
  4. Don’t rush to reconnect.  If the power company gives you approval to turn on the electricity in your home but you think you may have a problem with your heating and cooling equipment, call us to disconnect the equipment from the electrical source. The equipment may appear to be dry, but let Cumberland Valley Heating and Air Conditioning verify that is in fact functioning properly.
  5. Change all air and furnace filters to prevent fungus, insect or contaminant build up. If your heating equipment has been exposed to flood waters, it is very important you have your heating equipment checked for proper mechanical and safety operation, tuned-up and cleaned thoroughly.

Taking a proactive approach will help ensure your comfort and safety during extreme weather. Service Experts like Cumberland Valley Heating and Air Conditioning can help you when flooding occurs!

We are always here for you when you need us the most. Call us today at 301-739-3830.

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