With the heavy amount of rain the past few weeks in Tennessee, and increasingly erratic and extreme weather patterns, flooding has been on many people's minds. It can wreck havoc on many parts of a home, but HVAC equipment is often forgotten. It seems so durable and equipment like air conditioners and heat pumps are designed, often times, to be outside. Yet many of the delicate circuitry and mechanics inside sturdy casings can be completely wrecked by flood waters.
Here are our top tips from preventing your HVAC investment from floating away:
- Do research to see what the highest historic flood levels in your area are. Your HVAC contractor can, based on this information, install your equipment somewhere safe. A contractor may already be familiar with floods statistics and local building codes that apply to flood protection.
- Talk with your contractor about building a retaining wall, moving equipment to the second floor or in the attic, building an elevated platform, installing a sump pump, or other measures to keep the equipment above flood level or otherwise out of reach of high water.
- Your HVAC contractor can also factor in the appropriate height for your equipment to sit based on its type. Gas burners often sit lower in the casing than the delicate components in electric-powered air conditioners or heat condensing units.
- Double check your home insurance coverage, or flood coverage if you choose to purchase additional coverage. Find out specifically what the policy covers in regards to HVAC equipments. That way if disaster does strike, you won't be stuck footing the bill for all-new appliances.
- If you equipment has already been flooded, be sure to work with the insurance company each step of the way for replacement, to ensure that you don't get stuck with the bill
- Do your research to find a reputable, honest contractor rather than rushing and falling for a scam. Although you may be in a hurry to get your system working again, not properly vetting HVAC specialists can leave you vulnerable to criminals.