Between August 4 and August 5, 2023, our area received over 14 inches of rain. Many of our neighbors who live in low lying areas had flood waters in their homes and businesses. Some of our neighbors had as much as 3 feet of water in their homes or businesses. Areas flooded that have never flooded before. It was truly devastating for anyone unlucky enough to be in the flood water’s path. Fortunately, no lives were lost due to the flood. Unfortunately, many of our neighbors are now dealing with the aftereffects such as a flooded HVAC system.
Steps To Take if Your HVAC Unit Gets Flooded
Turn off the Power
First, locate the breaker to your HVAC system in your breaker box and turn it off. The breaker should be labeled in the panel as A/C or HP or Air handler or Gas Furnace, etc. If your system is gas-powered, turn off your gas supply. There should be a gas shutoff close by. The system could be dangerous and shouldn’t be touched until everything is dry.
Inspect the Unit
Once your unit is dry, call an HVAC technician to investigate your indoor and outdoor HVAC system. The HVAC tech will inspect the following:
All wires and/or electrical parts- The technician will make sure no corrosion has occurred.
The condenser fan motor’s seal- If the seal is broken, the motor may have water damage.
The unit’s coils- The technician will check to see if they need cleaning since the flood water leaves dirt and debris.
Find Out if You Have Flood Insurance
If you have flood insurance, check to see if it covers damage to your HVAC system.
If your ductwork is under your house and was impacted by flooding, you should have it replaced. Mold and bacteria can grow in your ducts if there is a moist environment. When your conditioned air flows through your ducts, the air can pick up these spores and particulates and disperse them into your house.
Dealing with the damages due to a flood are not fun for anyone. LarcomAir’s techs will give you advice on how to move forward safely with your HVAC system.