The devastation unleashed upon Texas’s coastline has displaced thousands of homeowners and their families for days, and in some cases weeks. Now that the flooding has receded and the storm has passed, it’s time for evacuees to head back to their homes to assess the damage. It may be tempting to flip on the air conditioning when you return, especially to fend off the still-warm and humid September weather, but it’s best not to touch that thermostat until you understand the extent of the damage inflicted on your home and, in particular, your HVAC unit.
What Happens to My Unit During a Flood?
Flood waters are nothing if not filthy. They carry dirt, debris and particulates for miles and deposit them in your home when the waters rise. This often results in a thick layer of dirt on all the surfaces in your home, including your HVAC unit. The dirt carried into your home may also be harboring micro-organisms and fungi that may take root out of sight, causing odors and potentially mold growth in your unit. All this extra moisture debris and dirt can contaminate and damage your unit, if it isn’t already beyond repair from the force of the flood waters or damage to internal components.
Before You Start
If at all possible, don’t start your HVAC unit before getting it inspected by a professional technician. The dirt and debris can circulate throughout your home, putting your loved ones’ health at risk. In addition, using the air conditioner before a cleaning could cause water and debris to be caught in the unit, shorting the electrical components and requiring the entire system to be replaced. Even worse, dirt and debris could easily catch fire or cause excessive insulation of heating elements, resulting in a severe fire hazard. Call your local technician to schedule an immediate inspection and cleaning. As much as we’d like to rely on ourselves to get back on our feet after a disaster like Harvey, most homeowners lack the skills and knowledge required to effectively and safely clean and inspect their own HVAC systems.
After Your Inspection
If you’ve already started your system before getting an inspection and cleaning from a certified HVAC technician, now’s your chance to turn it off and call the experts. Water damage is often widespread and corrosive so you never know what may be on the verge of starting a fire or shorting out. If you’re lucky, the technician will be able to clean and repair your system without much trouble. However, many homes may require a total replacement of the system, including ductwork.
If you do need to install an entirely new unit, you can look at this as an opportunity to upgrade your system to a greener model that will save you money and more effectively cool your home. In fact, some utility companies offer rebates and incentives for homeowners who wish to install a new, energy-efficient unit! Your technician will be able to help you determine which model is best for your house and lifestyle.
HVAC Inspection, Repair and Installation Services in Beaumont, TX
We at Reed Service Company know that rebuilding your life is a big job. Let us help make the process easier by allowing us to take care of your waterlogged HVAC system. Our friendly, knowledgeable technicians are part of the Beaumont community themselves, so they understand the devastation caused by Harvey can feel overwhelming.
We are currently offering a special comprehensive inspection and service for $375, which includes:
· Cleaning the condenser coil
· Removing debris from condensing unit
· Replacing the contactor and dual capacitor
· Spraying the electrical components and motor with moisture displacement and corrosion inhibitor spray
· Lubricating the motor
· Blowing out the drain line
· Checking the refrigerant charge and system operation
We are also offering a Hurricane Harvey inspection package for $135, which includes a full inspection of electrical components in the condensing unit, furnace and fan coil. During the inspection, our technician will also spray electrical components with moisture displacement and corrosion inhibitor spray to ensure these critical components that may have been compromised by flood waters are protected.
Let Reed Service Company help your family get back on the road to normalcy. We also offer 24/7 emergency service if ever you run into a problem after hours. Contact us online or call (409) 842-0336 to schedule an inspection today!