Replacing and Salvaging Flood-Damaged Appliances

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Appliances need to be inspected after a flood, even if they’re working properly.

It’s been a wet summer for much of the East Coast, and many homeowners are now faced with the very real possibility of flooding. Flooded homes can cause significant damage to your electrical appliances. When it comes to salvaging or replacing flood-damaged equipment, safety should always be your number one priority. Here’s how you can determine what’s fit for salvaging and what needs to be replaced.

Appliances: Repair or Replace?

Deciding whether or not to replace gas and electrical appliances that have been damaged by dirty floodwaters can be a difficult decision, and it will come down to the length of time and the level of water that the appliance has been submerged in. The amount of coverage allotted by insurance and flood-relief programs are also important factors. Some additional things you should consider include:

  • Warranty – Repairing an appliance yourself may void your warranty.
  • Reliability – Although an appliance may seem fine immediately after a flood, dirty floodwater can cause parts to corrode and fail sooner than you’d expect.
  • Age of appliances – Newer equipment typically comes with better efficiency, which will save you money on monthly energy costs.
  • Safety – Corrosion or clogged parts can present a fire or electrical hazard.
  • Cost – Extensive repairs costs may actually be more expensive than buying new.

Flood Recovery for Appliances

No matter how skilled you are as a do-it-yourselfer, you should always call a qualified, licensed appliance technician to inspect your appliances after a flood. Safety is paramount. Every major appliance manufacturer has their own customer service hotline that will provide the best advice or possibly financial help for repairing and replacing flood-damaged appliances. Here are a few tips for dealing with damaged equipment:

  • Manufacturers typically recommend replacing anything with motors, electrical components, safety controls, or gas valves.
  • Refrigerators and freezers with wet insulation are not salvageable after they’ve been submerged in floodwaters. If there is only a few inches of water, they are probably fine.
  • Ovens and ranges are sometimes salvageable, but any wet controls should be replaced.
  • An appliance technician should always check or replace pilot orifices, gas valves, or electrical contacts that have come into contact with floodwaters.

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