Coping with Furnace and A/C Damage from the Ottawa River Flooding


Please note that the City of Ottawa is making regular announcements on the present state of emergency.

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The Ottawa River has peaked at the highest levels in 89 years, but it still has a long way to go before its level returns to normal. If you’re experiencing the effects of the flood in your home, you’re likely identifying the damages and finding the best ways to deal with the situations at hand. Amongst the struggles of water in your home and the serious risks of mold, you may also have to deal with furnace and A/C damage.

Dealing with furnace and A/C damage in the case of flooding is stressful—your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is vital to your home and likely one of the larger investments you’ve made.

**If your HVAC system or any other gas-fired equipment has been affected by the flood, contact your local gas and hydro authorities first.**

Once all risks are cleared and your property is deemed safe, you can determine what course to take for your HVAC equipment. In this situation, we recommend professional diagnosis, service and cleaning. All surfaces of your HVAC system and its components that were affected by the flood may contain dirt, bacteria, debris and mold that needs to be carefully cleaned and disinfected. Even if your system wasn’t affected by flooding, if other parts of your basement were, moisture may have collected in your HVAC units and can lead to the growth of mold and other bacteria.

Team Harding is here to help. If you require any HVAC service, cleaning or assessment, contact us—we offer 24/7 emergency service. Call 613-831-2257 or contact us online.

If serious damage to your HVAC system has occurred, check with your insurance company to confirm that they will cover a claim for replacement parts of new equipment. Flood-damaged equipment may be repaired, but many manufacturers and insurance companies mandate replacement. This is because the liability associated with repairing flood-damaged equipment is greater than any savings garnered from repairing equipment.

Harding Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Ottawa and the surrounding area since 1994. We are committed to providing our customers with the best quality service.

If you’d like to help support flooding relief, The Salvation Army is accepting donations to aid communities affected in Ontario and Quebec.

You can donate here.

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