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 unexpected conditions, leaving you to deal with flooding or damage to your heating and cooling system. Before you begin to save or start water-damaged equipment, it’s important to know the proper steps you should take to stay safe. The following safety tips will help you take care of your heating and cooling system following extreme weather in Savannah: Turn off all electrical switches and gas valves. Make sure to turn off all of the 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 your system was under water, open it up and let air circulation to increase 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. You’ll also want to have a reputable electrician or a technician from a Savannah power company inspect your home’s internal wiring to ensure it is dry and safe before power is restored to your home. Don’t rush to reconnect. If the power company gives the green light to turn on the electricity at your residence, but you have concerns there is a problem with your heating and cooling equipment, give our professionals a call so we can help you assess the situation. You should also consider the following to decide 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 HVAC system; or If the equipment is full of debris. Remember, if you aren’t confident doing it on your own, call us at Coastal Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning as soon as possible. Our experts are trained to perform safety inspections and help you assess 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 work efficiently without replacement. You can reach us by calling 912-208-2399 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 check out our online scheduler to easily request an appointment.