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Flood Recovery and Your Home

Replacing HVAC equipment after a flood

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Massive storm systems can have devastating and lasting effects. While the safety of citizens is the first priority, it takes time for utility and government resources to repair damaged infrastructure such as power and telecommunications equipment. Individually, affected people will need to assess the damage to their homes.

You may find that your heating, cooling, or plumbing systems have been affected by the storm. Weve written this short guide to help you safely restore these systems to full operation.


How to Identify Potential ProblemsIdentifying Potential Problems
Before approaching, ensure that all utilities are shut down in the vicinity of the equipment. Be aware of any downed power lines in your area. As you approach the equipment, carefully inspect for any visual signs of danger. If you suspect water, wind, or other damage to any mechanical equipment, do not restart it until it has been inspected by a professional.

Signs of water damage include puddles on the floor; wet spots on or near the equipment; dirt, silt, or other foreign substances near the equipment; and mold. Wind or other elements can also cause physical damage to the equipment. If none of these symptoms are present, but the equipment fails to work properly, do not attempt to troubleshoot the problem yourself.


If You Suspect Damage
If you find any signs of possible water damage, do not attempt to inspect or start the appliance yourself. You should schedule a contractor to inspect your equipment. If you need help finding a certified, licensed professional, check out the NATE (North American Technician Excellence) website.


HVAC Replacement
If any of your appliances have suffered water damage, they will need to be replaced, not repaired. Be aware that storm damage to equipment is not covered by manufacturer warranties. We suggest you contact your insurance provider to inquire about compensation for damage.

Even after parts are replaced, there is a real risk that the reliability and efficiency of the unit have been permanently compromised. For this reason, most manufacturers and expert organizations such as the AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute) recommend complete replacement of water-damaged equipment.

If you need help selecting direct-replacement HVAC equipment, please give one our experts a call today.

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