Play it Safe: Replace Flood-Damaged HVAC Equipment

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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have caused major devastation in parts of Texas, Florida, and other southeastern coastal states. As flood waters recede, homeowners and business owners will begin the cleanup and rebuilding process. And that means dealing with flood-damaged HVAC equipment.

When it comes to air conditioning and heating equipment, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) president Stephen Yurek advises those affected to “play it safe and replace, rather than repair, flood-damaged heating, cooling and water heating equipment.”

Tips for homeowners and flood-damaged HVAC equipment

AHRI has published tips on how to properly handle flood-damaged heating and cooling equipment, including:

  • Heat pumps and air conditioning systems
  • Water heating systems
  • Ductwork

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    • We recommend that a trained and licensed HVAC contracting company perform service and maintenance on HVAC equipment.

    • Both systems are prone to flooding if the water level is high enough. The outdoor unit, a basement system, crawlspace mounted equipment, or slab ductwork has the highest susceptibility since they are the lowest to the ground verses the window mounted unit. If any of the equipment has been potentially flooded, we recommend it be turned off and remain off until it can be inspected by a trained and licensed HVAC contracting company.

  1. You want to have your ducts and air and cooling system checked out, so when the weather finally breaks, you won’t have to worry about why your ac is not working properly. Take some precautions when selecting a HVAC repair company to come and service your home. More at

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