Basement Flooding

 

What should you do when your basement floods and the water gets into your furnace?

  1. When safe to do so, turn off the power to your furnace. Because your air conditioner relies on the blower motor in your furnace you will not be able to run your air conditioner either. Take pictures for your records. You may need these at a later time if you file any insurance claims.
  2. Remove water from the basement.
  3. If possible, remove the front panel(s) from your furnace. Do not put your hands or anything else into your furnace. Keep animals and children away from the furnace.
  4. Place a fan one to two feet in front of the furnace and run it on low to medium speed. Please be safe with the electrical cords.
  5. Once the furnace is completely dry, Call or Email Lambie Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc and ask for a discounted flooded basement Furnace Inspection and Cleaning.

 

Can my furnace be saved after flooded?

The answer to this depends on a number of factors including age of the furnace, type of furnace, how high the water got in the furnace, how long the water sat in the furnace, and ultimately LUCK. Just as sometimes you can save a cell phone after dropping it into water, sometimes you can save your furnace after its been in water. Your furnace whether electric or gas has lots of electrical components.

 

What will Lambie do when they arrive to check my furnace?

HVAC technicians will attempt to start your furnace once dried out. The technician will inspect and clean each of the furnace components. They will also replace any one inch filters for no additional fee. If necessary the technician will give you the price to replace or repair any of your furnace components. If the furnace cannot be saved, the technician will give you pricing for a new furnace.

 

Is flood damage covered by HVAC Equipment Warranty?

No. However, depending on your homeowner’s insurance you equipment inspection, repairs, or replacement may be covered by your insurance. We work with most insurance companies.

 

Is there anything I can do to prevent my furnace from being affected by future flooding?

Sometimes the furnace can be placed on a stand elevating it off the ground. This would really depend on the height of the basement, height of the furnace and its associated coil and plenum, and configuration. Sometimes it is possible to move a furnace from a crawl space to the attic.