Flooding Could Put the Big Chill on Home Heating and Cooling Equipment

Flooding Could Put the Big Chill on Home Heating and Cooling Equipment

Flooding Could Put the Big Chill on Home Heating and Cooling Equipment

% title%Dayton (June 18, 2014) — The effects of May’s flooding are still being felt by some homeowners, who are finding their air conditioner is not operating properly from exposure to flood waters – with the first day of summer just days away. Although they won’t be needed for some time, furnaces also could be badly damaged by the recently flooding.

According to the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigetation Institute (AHRI), an independent institute that sets standards for the HVAC industry, standing water can damage a home’s heating, cooling, and water heating equipment in ways that are not always readily apparent and put families at risk.

Mark Weaver, General Manager of Stevenson Service Experts in Dayton notes, “It is surprising to see how quickly corrosion takes place in these situations, and the HVAC equipment may work at first, but then you encounter a short or other problem, and it stops working. We’ve had a real spike in calls in the past week or so, and we’ve seen units that have been severely damaged by the floods.”

AHRI notes that “Corrosion begins inside the valves and controls, and damage may not be apparent, even if the outside of the device is clean and dry.”

Weaver added, “What if the valve controlling the flow of natural gas to the furnace fails to shut off when it should. The results could be catrastrophic. That’s why any equipment that has been submerged must be professionally inspected before it can be turned on, and almost always needs to be repaired or replaced.”

Stevenson Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing was founded in 1927; it is located at 799 Space Drive in Beavercreek.
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