If your backyard has flooded and the water reached portions of your heater, you may wonder if your heater can be salvaged. Fortunately, in most cases, a heater can be salvaged despite having been flooded, as long as you take the right actions following the floods. As soon as the flood waters recede, here are the steps you should take to help save your heater.
Disconnect It From Its Power Source
If you know heavy rains are coming or there is potential for a flood, it is highly recommended that you disconnect your heater from it's power source, such as an electrical outlet or gas line. However, if you do not know that the flood is coming, be sure to disconnect it as soon as possible after the flood waters recede. Never begin to inspect or look at the unit while it is still connected to its power source.
Open It Up to Dry Out
After the heater is disconnected from its power source, take the time to open the heater up. Most heaters have a door either in the front or back of the unit that allows you to access the unit. Opening up the door helps air to flow through the unit, which can help it to dry faster. While the unit is opened, take the time to locate the filters within the unit. Pull the filters out and discard them. Once they have encountered water, they can become a breeding ground for mold and mildew. After the unit is completely dried out, insert new filters into the unit.
Have It Inspected
The last thing you will want to do to help to salvage your heater following a flood is to have the heater inspected by a professional heater repair and installation company. There are many different components that need to be inspected, including the wiring, electrical components and heater core. Do not attempt to use the heater until you have the unit inspected. If one part is damaged and you attempt to use the heater, you could cause more damage to the unit. A professional will replace any parts that need to be replaced and ensure your unit is safe to use during this type of inspection.
If flood waters have reached your heater, be sure to disconnect it from its power source, open it up to dry it out and have it inspected. In most cases, the heater can be salvaged so it can operate again in the future. For more information, contact a local heating repair company like Always Ready Repair.