What should I do if my HVAC system is impacted by flooding? Published on September 08, 2017 An already disastrous hurricane season can bring some unanticipated conditions, leaving you to cope with flooding or damage to your heating and cooling system. Before you attempt to save or start water-damaged equipment, it’s important to understand the proper steps you should take to remain safe. The following safety tips will help you take action following extreme weather in Salt Lake City: Turn off all electrical switches and gas valves. Make sure to turn off all switches (i.e., disconnects and breakers) to the heating and air conditioning system. If your furnace or water heater was flooded, shut off gas valves to stop exposure to leaking gas. Dry out equipment. If the equipment was under water, open it up and let air circulation to quicken the drying process. Have equipment and wiring inspected. Do not turn on flooded equipment until a professional has checked the equipment. You’ll also want to have a reputable electrician or a technician from a Salt Lake City power company examine your home’s internal wiring to ensure 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 have concerns there may be a problem with your heating and cooling equipment, give our experts a call so we can help you safely move forward. You should also consider the following to determine if your heating and cooling equipment is salvageable or should be replaced: The amount of time the equipment was flooded; Whether the electricity was on when the water flooded the unit; or If the equipment is full of debris. Remember, if you aren’t confident doing it on your own, connect with us at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible. Our experts are trained to perform safety inspections and help you measure severe weather damage to your HVAC unit. We can take a look at your system to make sure it’s running properly and to decide if it can continue to operate efficiently without replacement. You can reach us by calling 801-871-8425 if you have any questions or concerns about your heating and cooling system, or if you would like to schedule an appointment for a severe weather consultation. You can also go to our online scheduler to easily request an appointment.