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Basement flooding is affecting my gas furnace and water heater. I am uninsured and don't have fu

Author : Richard D

Submitted : 2018-02-23 14:09:38    Popularity:     

Tags: gas  furnace  water  Basement  flooding  

Our house got hit by the Midwestern flooding going around lately, and yesterday morning we noticed our showers were cooler than normal, and hours later realized our temperature dropped. Looking into the basement there was about 18 inches of water. Waded i

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If this is gas, sometimes the gas company will look at it free. There isn't that much to a gas heater. You should concentrate on drying the motor, which could burn out. If the angry sounds were of the sizzling kind you probably did some damage but not necessarily fatal.

use fans to help dry everything out. I'd do that for at least a day; two would be better. {You'll have to figure out how to prevent the electricity for the fans from grounding in the damp.}

You can survive for those time periods by wearing far more clothes than normal {this is the ancient way in China and has worked there for over 2,000 years}.

After than, wearing rubber soled shoes, turn everything back on and see what happens. By then, if something bad happened, it has already happened.

My guess is that the furnace will start right up, fan included. If it doesn't, the likely cause is the fan needs replacing. That part can probably be ordered online at substantial savings over a repair guy.

does your gas provider have the service where they will come and check all gas equipment to see if everything works ok ??

For your furnace, gas I assume, if the water didn't get up to the burners, that should be OK, but don't turn it on as if the blower motor has ANY moisture in it, it will likely fail. If there's a circuit board below the water line, that will need to be replaced. The model number for the circuit board is usually on the board itself, and many times there are aftermarket ones that work and are much cheaper than a genuine one.
For the hot water tank, you will have to take the burner assembly out and clear out any water in the gas lines before firing it up. This is assuming it has a pilot you light with a match or by pushing a button . If the tank has a digital control, that whole assembly MIGHT have to be replaced.
What's the tank make & model number ?



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