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 unforeseen conditions, leaving you to cope with flooding or damage to your heating and cooling system. Before you begin to recover or start water-damaged equipment, it’s critical to recognize the proper steps you should take to remain safe. The following safety tips will help you take action following extreme weather in Ogden: Turn off all electrical switches and gas valves. Make sure to turn off any 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 prevent exposure to leaking gas. Dry out equipment. If your system was under water, open it up and allow air circulation to speed 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. It’s also a good idea to have a reputable electrician or a technician from a Ogden power company inspect 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 approval to turn on the electricity at your residence, but you have concerns there is a problem with your heating and cooling equipment, give us 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 requires a replacement: The amount of time the equipment was submerged; 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 Barlow 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 understand if it can continue to run efficiently without replacement. You can reach us by calling 801-436-8985 if you have any questions or concerns about your heating and cooling system, or if you prefer to schedule an appointment for a severe weather consultation. You can also go to our online scheduler to easily request an appointment.