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 unanticipated conditions, leaving you to cope with flooding or damage to your heating and cooling system. Before you try to save or operate water-damaged equipment, it’s critical to understand the right steps you should take to continue to be safe. The following safety tips will help you take action following extreme weather in Salt Lake City: Turn off all electrical switches and gas valves. Be sure to turn off all of the switches (i.e., disconnects and breakers) to the HVAC system. If your furnace or water heater was immersed in water, shut off gas valves to prevent exposure to leaking gas. Dry out equipment. If the equipment was under water, open it up and allow air circulation to increase the drying process. Have equipment and wiring inspected. Do not turn on flooded equipment until a professional has checked the equipment. It’s also a good idea to have a reputable electrician or a technician from a Salt Lake City 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 the green light to turn on the electricity at your residence, but you are concerned there is a problem with your heating and cooling equipment, give our experts a call so we can help you assess the situation. You should also consider the following to establish if your heating and cooling equipment is salvageable or needs to 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 contains a lot of debris and dirt. Remember, if you sure about doing it on your own, call us at Mountainwest 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 check out your system to make sure it’s working properly and to determine if it can continue to run efficiently without replacement. You can reach us by calling 385-399-0280 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.