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What to do When Your AC Floods

By: Danny Lipford

If the forecast calls for flooding, take precautions to prevent damage to your HVAC units.

Stormwater doesn’t have to claim heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Taking just a couple of precautions could save your HVAC units during severe weather — or prevent additional damage.

If you anticipate flooding, turn the power off to the HVAC units. Turn the gas off if you have natural gas.

Many HVAC units come with vital internal components such as circuit boards and capacitors, and they should not get wet.

After storm water recedes, ask a professional to inspect the situation. If the units have been submerged, the recommendation likely will be to replace them.

Houston, Texas homeowners John and Donna Howard took one more precaution after receiving 50 inches of stormwater from Hurricane Harvey: They replaced their HVAC units and decided to place one large unit on a tall platform.


Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford is among the country’s most sought-after home improvement experts.
The seasoned remodeling contractor and media personality served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s “The Early Show” and The Weather Channel for over a decade and has made more than 180 national television appearances on “Fox & Friends,” “Inside Edition,” “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” Fox Business Channel, Rachael Ray and more.
He travels the country making appearances as a brand ambassador and spokesperson, and each year contributes expertise to hundreds of popular magazines and online media outlets.


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What to do When Your AC Floods