Last week, southwestern Ontario received as much rain as we usually get in an entire month! As a result, many homeowners were faced with flooding in their homes and basements. Now that the worst of the weather has passed, it’s time to assess the damage from the recent rain and ensure that your water heater and furnace weren’t damaged.
Furnaces and water heaters are filled with many sensitive electrical components that can be damaged when exposed to water. If you experienced flooding in your basement, there’s a good chance that some parts of your HVAC system were submerged or experienced increased moisture in the air and as a result, could experience a machine malfunction or create a safety hazard.
Many times, if a water heater has sustained flood damage, it’s recommended that the whole unit is replaced rather than repaired. For gas units, valves and controls exposed to water will likely corrode, and the thermostat and controls of electric units could oxidize as well. Additionally, the insulation surrounding water heaters can become a haven for bacteria and dirt. Once it’s been submerged in flood water, and it’s nearly impossible to completely clean and disinfect completely. For those reasons, it’s more economical and safer to replace the whole unit.
If your basement was flooded, it’s extremely important to schedule a heating inspection by a professional HVAC technician. Just like water heaters, gas furnaces are susceptible to valve and control corrosion and electric furnaces have coils and fans that can be damaged. A qualified heating and cooling specialist will be able to assess the damage to your system and provide recommendations regarding furnace repair or total replacement.
Contact Your Insurance Company
If your furnace or water heater were damaged by flood water, make sure to contact your insurance agency to see what coverage they provide for repair or replacement and then schedule an inspection from HAMCO Heating & Cooling Ltd.
The experienced staff at HAMCO will work with you to determine the right heating and air conditioning solutions for your property and your budget.