It’s been a couple of months since Hurricane Matthew ripped through the area, and most of us are still trying to repair the damage. You’ve probably got a million other things to deal with right now, but it’s important not to forget your HVAC systems. A lot of homes were flooded during the storm, which means plenty of HVAC systems were damaged, as well. If your heater or air conditioner was submerged in salt water during the hurricane, read on to find out what to do about it.
It probably won’t come as a shock to learn that residential HVAC systems are not designed to be totally water proof. A bit of rain on outdoor portions of your air conditioner or heat pump isn’t going to do anything, of course. Flooding is an entirely different issue, though.
The main problem with salt water exposure is its tendency to corrode pipes and electrical components. If you keep using an HVAC unit after it inner parts have been exposed to salt water, you’re running a very serious risk of problems developing. Short circuits, house fires, and all kinds of other dangerous issues are common in HVAC systems that have been compromised by water damage. So, if you know that your heater or air conditioner has been exposed to even a moderate amount of salt water, you need to call a professional to examine it as quickly as possible. Just because the system turns on after being flooded, doesn’t mean that it is going to work properly.
Climate Masters provides a full range of heating and air conditioning installation, repair, maintenance, and replacement services throughout St. Augustine, FL. If you need HVAC services of any kind, call today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts. We’ll make sure that your HVAC system is in great shape.