- Disconnect water-damaged products from the electrical power source after the water recedes. Never attempt this in standing water.
- Consult your nearest authorized service facility to arrange for an appliance inspection. Schedule the inspection four to five days after the products are dry.
- Replace electrical and gas components exposed to salt or brackish water. There are no economically feasible methods to recondition them.
- Change your refrigerator water filter if you have been without water or under a boil alert. In addition, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends throwing out your ice, flushing the dispenser for three to five minutes, running the icemaker for an hour and washing and sanitizing bins.
- Check with local health authorities or go to the CDC website at www.CDC.gov for additional decontamination recommendations. Products that are exposed to polluted floodwaters may have been contaminated and require special cleaning instructions.
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