Hurricanes, Storms, Floods, and Your HVAC System

Hurricane season is upon us. With Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas, Hurricane Irma hitting Florida, and tropical storm Jose becoming a hurricane, we are not sure how Fredericksburg and the surrounded counties will be impacted by the rain. While the Fredericksburg area won’t be impacted by a hurricane, we will most likely experience a lot of rain the week to come, and depending on where you live perhaps some flooding.

In a previous blog post, we wrote a bit about taking care of your HVAC system during storm season (click here). But what happens after the hurricane or flood has impacted your home? What is the next step for your heating and cooling system?hvac system

If your home happens to experience flooding, be sure to turn off the air conditioner. You should NOT restart your system after a flood. In fact, in order to restart your system, you need an HVAC technician to perform a full inspection. And we can help you with that!

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

  • How long your system has spent underwater.
  • If there was power flowing into the system while it was underwater.
  • If debris from the flood got into the system.

While your system is built to withstand rain and heavy winds, once it surpasses 15 inches you might have a serious problem. Once you call us to inspect your system, we will clean the residue from the flood, check if any electrical components were damaged, inspect gas valves and ductwork, identify what needs repair or suggest a new system.

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We hope that in the next few weeks you do not experience any flooding or damage to your home. But if flooding occurs and your HVAC system is affected, give Complete Heating & Cooling a call! We will work as fast as possible to restore comfort in your home.