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Furnace Concerns After A Hurricane

furnace issues after hurricane

Cincinnati furnace repair, thankfully, does not generally involve the needs one has after a hurricane. Given the ravages of Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose, and Hurricane Maria, though, our colleagues to the southeast are dealing with a stunning number of repair cases.

As winter approaches, what are the main furnace concerns after a hurricane?

Corroded Motors

If the water gets high enough to reach the motor, it will often go out right away. Sometimes, though, they will just rust but continue to function – for a while. A corroded motor will most likely fail midway through the season, and it is better to replace it now.

Wet Ducts

The ductwork in most homes is made with fiberglass, which means it acts like a sponge. If water gets into the ducts, there is no way to wring out those fiberglass sponges, so they need to be replaced. Mold is something we see often with Cincinnati furnace repair. Moldy ductwork can make everyone in the house very sick, so it is not something that should go unchecked.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved no biocide to clean out heating and cooling equipment. If there is mold in there, and it becomes airborne, it is not good for anyone. Once a furnace is replaced, system sterilizers can help prevent mold from coming back. These sterilizers help kill any bacteria that cannot be seen by the human eye.

Surges in Power

If your home has a surge protector for the HVAC system, this is likely not something you need to worry about. If you do not have surge protection, though, a storm can cause internal damage to the furnace, which could result in much higher energy bills.

Soggy Electronics and Filters

Your furnace has small computers inside it. If it has gotten wet, those electronics may have shorted out. The furnace filters can swell up with water and become unusable, too.

Pinnacle Air Solutions can help with your furnace. Call us at 513-984-HEAT (4328) to have one of our licensed repair technicians to assist you. We are experts at Cincinnati furnace repair, and are available to help.

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