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Myrtle Beach Area Flooding: Your Outside Unit

Our entire service area has experienced unprecedented flooding in the past 72 hours or so, and many of our customers are faced with another potential problem. Myrtle Beach area flooding can definitely wreck havoc on HVAC systems.

Myrtle Beach area flooding may or may not have caused damage to your HVAC systems

Homeowners who have experienced flood damage are advised to take important safety precautions with regard to their home’s heating and cooling systems, according to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), the trade association representing manufacturers of HVAC and water heating equipment.

“Standing water in a yard, house, or basement can damage a home’s heating, cooling, and water heating equipment in ways that are not always readily apparent and putting families at risk,” said AHRI President & CEO Stephen Yurek. “We advise homeowners to play it safe and replace, rather than repair, flood-damaged heating, cooling, and water heating equipment.”

Will Myrtle Beach Area Flooding Damage Your Unit?

Split air conditioning and heat pump systems have power and control wiring between the indoor and outdoor parts of the system, and piping through which refrigerant flows through the system. If the Myrtle Beach area flooding we’ve just experienced has repositioned either the indoor or outdoor units of a split system even by a small amount, there is a potential for refrigerant leaks. The system will then require major repair or full replacement.

If the refrigerant system remains intact after the flood, the entire system should be cleaned, dried and disinfected. Homeowners should have a contractor check the indoor and outdoor units’ electrical and refrigeration connections, including all control circuits. The decision to repair or replace should be made after consultation with a qualified professional on a case-by-case basis. In many cases, replacement of your flooded unit may be covered by insurance. Check with your insurance company or refer to your policy to see if you’re covered.

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If you’re in doubt as to whether your HVAC equipment may have suffered any damage in the recent Myrtle Beach area flooding, call Brown & Reaves Services and we’ll get out to thoroughly inspect your equipment as soon as we possibly can. 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form and we’ll call you to schedule your flood damage assessment shortly.

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