After the Heavy Rains and Flooding in Atlanta, Homeowners Should Take Precautions with their Heating

From: HVAC Repair Atlanta
Published: Fri Sep 25 2009


After this weekís heavy rains and flooding, Atlanta homeowners need to take several precautions before attempting to restart, repair or salvage heating and cooling equipment. Homeowners should not be too anxious to get things back to normal after a storm because improper maintenance and preparation can lead to costly HVAC repairs. Your first step should be to have a professional heating and air conditioning contractor audit all of your systems.

"Itís important to remember not to immediately restart heating and cooling equipment
after a flood because it can be dangerous and could cause further damage," said
Stephen Samson , President of Premier Comfort Systems in Atlanta, Georgia, "Water affects electrical equipment and machinery in several ways. For example, water will short-out electrical equipment if electricity is on when water reaches it. This is one of the many reasons why itís best to have a qualified service technician inspect your heating and cooling equipment before it is started up after a flood."

HVAC Atlanta by Premier Indoor Comfort Systems has provided heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services to both commercial and residential clients in Georgia since its founding in 1999. They are a full service provider, which includes: New construction installations, Light Commercial installations, Duct modifications, High velocity mini duct systems, Geothermal systems, Radiant floor heating systems, Ductless split systems, Air Purification systems, Humidification systems, Dehumidification systems, Zoning systems, Fresh air ventilation systems, Exhaust systems, Duct Cleaning, and Wine Coolers.

In addition to serving the Metro Atlanta area, HVAC Repair Atlanta also services surrounding municipalities such as Cherokee: Ballground, Canton, Holly Springs, Waleska and Woodstock. Cobb: Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs, Smyrna, and Roswell. Fulton: Alpharetta, and Atlanta. Forsyth: Cumming. Pickens: Jasper, GA.

To ensure your safety and prevent further damage to equipment, you should take the
following steps after a flood before power is reestablished in your neighborhood:

Turn off all electrical switches (i.e. disconnects and breakers) to the heating and cooling equipment. Donít start equipment until you have it inspected and serviced by a qualified heating and cooling contractor. After the storm, have a reputable electrician or a technician from the power company or city; inspect your homeís internal wiring to make sure itís dry and safe before power is reestablished to your home. If the power company gives you approval to turn on the electricity in your home, have the service company disconnect the equipment from the electrical source if you have not done so already. Use only reputable service companies. "A lot of unscrupulous companies can descend on disaster areas. Be careful. If necessary, go without service a little longer to make sure you get what you pay for," Samson said.

Homeowners should also be aware that the following factors will determine if their heating and cooling equipment is salvageable or needs to be replaced:

1. The amount of time the equipment was underwater
2. Whether the electricity was on when the water flooded the unit
3. If the equipment is filled with dirt and debris

Premier is offering a $79 dollar furnace and ac tune up.

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