Flood Damaged HVAC Equipment

The Midwest has seen record rain fall in the last couple of days.  Rivers are over flood stage.  Sewer systems could not keep up with all the rain and sewers backed up into basements.  Water also entered many basements from windows and doors and some people had water up to the first floor of their homes.


Submerged HVAC equipment typically is damaged beyond what would be considered cost-effective repair. Fully submerged equipment requires replacement of all open exposed electrical controls and motors.  Likewise, gas piping, controls and burner systems require a combination of component part replacement and cleaning to assure proper, safe operation. In addition, submerged air handling or duct systems are subjected to the potential biological hazards caused by contaminated flood water.

Nobody likes to see this sort of thing happen but it would be far worse if the repair is not done properly. All things considered, complete equipment change-out coupled with a thorough duct system replacement or cleaning is likely the action required to restore safe, reliable HVAC system operation.

This is the recommendation from all manufacturers of HVAC equipment. So don’t just try replacing parts.  As I have preached in the past, DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME and you customers will once again have safe, reliable HVAC equipment for their homes.

(picture compliments of Greg Sims, service manager for York Central Supply –  St. Louis office)



About yorkcentraltechtalk

I have been in the HVAC industry most of my life. I worked 25 years for contractors on anything from residential to large commercial boilers and power burners. For the past 23+ years I had been employed by York International UPG Division ( a division of Johnson Controls) as a Technical support/Service Manager but I am now retired. One of my goals has always been to "educate" dealers and contractors. The reason for starting this blog was to share some knowledge, thoughts, ideas, etc with anyone who takes the time to read it. The contents of this blog are my own opinions, thoughts, experiences and should not be construed as those of Johnson Controls York UPG in any way. I hope you find this a help. I always welcome comments and suggestions for postings and will do my best to address any thoughts, questions, or topics you may want to hear about. Thanks for taking the time to read my postings! Mike Bishop
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