Protecting your HVAC Equipment from Flood Damage
Having the best HVAC equipment in your home/business to provide the most comfortable experience is important. However, in order to ensure that the equipment is able to consistently work at an optimal level, it needs to be properly maintained. It is also important for the owner of the property which the equipment is in to keep an eye on the equipment and the environment which it’s in; if you notice that it isn’t working the way it should be, make sure to contact your Ottawa HVAC specialist as soon as possible.
Nothing is worse than going into work or going home only to notice that a flood occurred and it is damaging the integrity of your HVAC equipment. If you notice flood damage on or near the following items, you may want to consider having them either immediately looked at by an HVAC professional or replaced altogether.
“Gas and Oil Furnaces and Boilers: If there is any question whether flood water has reached a gas or oil furnace or boiler, it should be checked by a qualified contractor. This equipment has valves and controls that are especially vulnerable to water damage from floods — damage that might not be visible. Corrosion begins inside the valves and controls, and damage may not be apparent, even if the outside of the device is clean and dry. At a minimum, this damage can result in reliability problems.
Electric Furnaces: An electric furnace consists of electrically heated coils, a fan to provide air circulation across the coils, and controls that include safety relays. As with a gas furnace, an electric furnace is susceptible to corrosion and damage from flood water, creating potential reliability problems or safety hazards. If there is any question whether flood water has reached an electric furnace, homeowners and business owners should have it checked by a contractor.
Heat Pumps and Air Conditioning Systems: Air conditioning and heat pump systems have power and control wiring between the indoor and outdoor parts of the system, and piping through which refrigerant flows through the system. If flood water has repositioned either the indoor or outdoor units of a split system even by a small amount, there is a potential for refrigerant leaks. The system will then require major repair or full replacement.
Water Heating Systems: Whether a water heater uses gas, oil or electricity, if it was exposed to flood water, the unit should be replaced. For homeowners, a new water heater is a relatively inexpensive investment, and replacing it is fairly easy to do. If the water heater was more than five years old, the chances are good that a new unit will be more efficient, which will save the homeowner money in the long run.”
Let Stan’s HVAC keep your home/business HVAC equipment properly installed and maintained. Our extended warranties and great customer service will keep your home protected and everyone always feeling their safest and most comfortable.