Flooding And Furnaces: What To Do If The Worst Happens

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If you’ve experienced a flood in your Connecticut home before, you know the damage it can leave in its wake – everything from structural damage and mold to untold damage to your belongings.

What happens to a furnace when it floods?

One of the more expensive belongings that could suffer from flood damage is your furnace, which often sits unprotected in a flood-prone basement. Although restoring your furnace to working order after water damage could be as simple as giving it a thorough cleaning, you won’t really know for sure how extensive the problems are until you hire a qualified heating technician for a furnace inspection.

Should I use my furnace after a flood?

While your furnace may continue to operate after a flood, it might not be completely safe to use.  For one thing, bacteria and mold can grow within the furnace if is not properly dried out and disinfected by a heating professional. For another, delicate furnace components such as gas valves, safety controls, air circulation components and ignition systems may be compromised, leaving your equipment without important safeguards.

Perhaps the most serious potential consequence of a flood is that the furnace’s heat exchanger could rust – a hazard that could eventually lead to dangerous exhaust fumes being released into your living space. For these reasons and more, it is critical to have your heating system checked after you experience a flood.

The bottom line: Safety first, as always!

Your safety is always priority #1: after a flood, we urge you to have your furnace inspected by a professional before you attempt to use it again. Whether it needs a thorough cleaning and professional heating repairs or to be replaced entirely, we can help you with expert heating system service and installations in Connecticut.

Do you suspect a problem with your oil- or gas-fired furnace? We can help. Contact Hocon today for expert heating system service in Connecticut!

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