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)