Hurricane Impact on your heating and cooling system

 

Hurricane Impact on HVAC Systems

Air conditioning damaged during Irma
Hurricane Damage – A/C equipment

The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) instructs homeowner to take important safety precautions after a flood or hurricane with regard to their HVAC equipment and duct work.

The associations advises homeowners that standing water can severely damage a home’s heating and cooling equipment and recommends that flood damaged HVAC equipment be replaced rather than repaired.

Because manufacturers’ warranties do NOT cover failure or damage due to floods, winds, lightning and other conditions beyond the control of the company, we recommend that you contact FEMA (fema.gov) as government aid may be available to you.

 

If HVAC equipment has been submerged or damaged by flood water, it is recommended that all inspection and replacement work be done by a certified contractor and not the homeowner.

Please review the following information about home HVAC equipment and take necessary precautions to have that equipment inspected, as well as repaired or replaced, by a certified professional.

 

HVAC: Heat Pumps and Air Conditioners:

Split systems have power and control wiring between the indoor and outdoor units as well as piping through which refrigerant flow through the system. If flood water caused either the outdoor or indoor units of a split system to become repositioned, even by a small amount. There is a chance for potential refrigerant leak. The system will require major repair or full replacement if this occurs.

If refrigerant system remain intact after the flood, the entire system should be cleaned, dried and disinfected. Homeowners should have a contractor check the indoor and outdoor unit’s electrical and refrigeration connections, including all control circuits. The decision to repair or replace should be made after consultation with a qualified professional.

 

Ductwork

If a home that has incurred flood damage contains an HVAC system, it is important to closely inspect the air distribution system. Duct insulation that has been in contact with flood water should not be salvaged as it is impossible to decontaminate. A qualified contractor can clean, dry and disinfect the ductwork.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bold City Heating and Air at (904) 379-1648.

What to do when the air conditioner was in flood water

A/C Repair and Maintenance
Best AC Service and System Restoration

With the recent flood waters from hurricane Irma in areas: Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, Ponte Vedra and Ponte Vedra Beach – what to do with your air conditioner?

First, always keep your safety in mind. You’re probably anxious to get into your home and start the restoration process after the flood. However, it is important to take the time and do a thorough assessment of your property.

Here are 3 factors to consider when trying to determine if you need to call Bold City for AC Repair:

 

First, determine how long was the condenser and compressor under water.

The longer it was flooded, the greater the chance is of inside components were damaged.

 

Secondly, is there debris in equipment?

Is there debris that got into your condenser coils, cage, compressor area or electrical panel? If so, it is recommended you call a certified air conditioning contractor to restore your air conditioner.

 

Finally, was there a power surge or loss/intermittent electricity to the unit?

This could result in damages to your air conditioner if you do not have a compressor surge protector installed. Surge protectors are inexpensive yet very effective way of protecting your air conditioning system.

It saves the A/C  from suffering damages from low voltage issues and/or lightening.

 

If heavy rains and flooding affects your home in Jacksonville or the Beaches, call Bold City Heating & Air at (904) 379-1648 or click here to schedule an appointment.

 

We will  restore your A/C and ensure that further damages are prevented.

Additionally, if there was flooding in your area, there is a big change there is excessive humidity.

These are ideal conditions for mold, mildew and germicidal to form in your duct system. It is recommended to get your air ducts cleaned and sanitized when restoring from a storm, flood or water exposure to your unit.

Protect your air conditioner during hurricanes in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach

Evacuating Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach,Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach or Ponte Vedra during hurricane Irma? Here is what you need to know:

First,  turn your breaker OFF (especially if you don’t have a surge protector):

  1. Find your electrical panel box
  2. On the panel door – look at the lable
  3. Find the breaker labeled for one of these: Compressor, AC, Condenser
  4. Find the breaker labeled for one of these: heat, air handler, a/h, furnace
  5. Flip the breakers to OFF position – all the way
  6. Set your thermostat to OFF 

Without a protector, a low voltage surge can cause permanent damage. Therefore, it is important to check and take preventive measures.

 

Jacksonville A/C compressor protection
Surge Protector for ac compressor

Secondly, ensure that you have hurricane straps on your condenser. These will ensure that high wind speeds will not tip your outdoor air conditioning unit. It is also recommended to have your condenser elevated off the ground by at least 4 inches.

Finally, after the storm:

Make sure that your system is safe to use and in good working order.

Here are some things to look for when you do a visual inspection of your air conditioner:

  1. Was your air conditioning / condenser or compressor under water?
  2. Are your refrigerant lines intact? Is there a sign of damage – bends, kinks, etc.
  3. Is there any physical damage on your condenser – did an object fall on it?
  4. Look inside the condenser: is there any debris by the compressor or fan motor?
  5. Is there any evidence of an electrical fire? Burned/blackened wires?

If there everything seems in working order – turn your system on. However, we highly recommend getting it checked out by a certified air conditioning contractor before you do.

Before you turn your A/C back on, call us to schedule a HVAC inspection & tune-up. 

We have a $49.00 special – call (904) 379-1648 to schedule.

In addition, it is also recommended to have your air ducts cleaned after a storm where your did not have power and/or ran you AC for longer periods. Mold, mildew and other contaminants can developed in your duct systems.

 

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