Hurricanes, Storms, Floods, and Your HVAC System

When it comes to hurricanes, the storm paths are as unpredictable as the damage they may bring. Even though we can not predict the weather, we can prepare our home and HVAC systems to minimize losses. Investing time now to ensure that your home and HVAC system are ready for hurricane season will pay off later. Also, make sure to keep a sufficient stock of water and non-perishable food, prepare the flashlights and weather radio, buy lots of batteries, bring in your lawn furniture and board up the windows.

If your home happens to experience flooding, it’s important to understand the proper safety precautions when it comes to our HVAC systems and our whole electrical system. The following safety tips will help you move forward after the extreme weather in your area:

1. Switch off all electrical switches and gas valves

Be sure to turn off our HVAC appliances. If your water heater or furnace immersed in water, shut off gas valves to prevent exposure to leaking gas.

2. Dry your equipment

If your heating and cooling system were under water, open it up and help air circulation to speed the drying process.

3. Have your HVAC unit and wiring inspected by a professional

Do not turn on flooded equipment until a professional has checked it. You’ll also want to have a qualified and licensed technician to perform a full inspection of our HVAC systems and ensure it is dry and safe before restoration of power to your home.

4. Don’t rush to reconnect

If the power company gives the signal to turn on the electricity on your residence, but you are concerned there could be a problem with your heating and cooling system, give Einstein Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling a call so we can help you evaluate the situation.

Repair Vs. Replace

We can also determine if your HVAC system needs to be repaired or replaced. The factors that determine this will be:

    • How long your HVAC system has spent underwater?
    • Whether the electricity was on when the water flooded the unit; or
  • It depends if your HVAC equipment is full of debris.

While your heating and cooling systems are built to withstand rain and heavy winds, once severe flooding occurs, and your HVAC system is concerned, give Einstein Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling a call. Our expert heating and cooling technicians are trained to perform safety inspections and help you evaluate extensive weather damage to your HVAC system. We can clean the debris from the flood, check if any electrical components got destroyed, inspect gas valves and ductwork, distinguish what needs repair or suggest a new system.

You can reach us by calling 888-671-7767 or email [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns about your plumbing, water heater, heating and cooling, and sewer & mainline system. We will work as fast as possible to restore comfort in your home or business in Oregon, Washington, and Nevada.

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