What should I do if my HVAC system is impacted by flooding? Published on September 08, 2017 An already disastrous hurricane season can produce some unexpected conditions, leaving you to deal with flooding or damage to your heating and cooling system. Before you attempt to save or operate water-damaged equipment, it’s important to know the right steps you should take to remain safe. The following safety tips will help you take care of your heating and cooling system following extreme weather in Provo: Turn off all electrical switches and gas valves. Make sure to turn off any switches (i.e., disconnects and breakers) to the HVAC system. If your furnace or water heater was flooded, shut off gas valves to stop exposure to leaking gas. Dry out equipment. If your home’s heating and cooling equipment was under water, open it up and help air circulation to speed the drying process. Have equipment and wiring inspected. Do not turn on flooded equipment until you have it inspected and serviced by a qualified heating and cooling contractor. It’s also a good idea to have a reputable electrician or a technician from a Provo power company inspect your home’s internal wiring to confirm it is dry and safe before power is reinstated to your home. Don’t rush to reconnect. If the power company gives the go ahead to turn on the electricity in your house, but you are concerned there is a problem with your heating and cooling equipment, give us a call so we can help you safely move forward. You should also consider the following to decide if your heating and cooling equipment is salvageable or requires a replacement: The amount of time the equipment was flooded; Whether the electricity was on when the water flooded your heating and cooling system; or If the equipment is filled with dirt and debris. Remember, if you aren’t confident doing it on your own, call us at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible. Our experts are trained to perform safety inspections and help you evaluate severe weather damage to your HVAC unit. We can examine your system to make sure it’s working properly and to determine if it can continue to operate efficiently without replacement. Give us a call at 801-396-0637 if you have any questions or concerns about your heating and cooling system, or if you prefer to schedule an appointment for a severe weather consultation. You can also visit our online scheduler to easily request an appointment.