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Air Conditioners Create Condensation. How to Avoid Water Damage When Running Your AC

Published on: August 9, 2012

Running air conditioners will naturally create condensation in and around the working parts of the unit. This is not a problem if a routine AC maintenance schedule is kept; however, most people forget to take a look at the problems that condensation can cause, thinking it natural because they see it in so many other places.

Below are some of the ways in which you will know that the condensation in and around your air conditioners is causing problems and is in need of immediate AC maintenance.

One – Your ductwork begins to grow algae or smell funny.

If the condensation around your air conditioners has created an environment in which algae or fungi can grow and thrive, you are in for worse problems if you do not handle the situation immediately. Algae can break down the materials in the ductwork of your air conditioners and prove to be much too difficult a problem for normal AC maintenance if not properly handled upfront.

During your routine maintenance and personal checkups, you should look for any growth or any smell that is not normal inside of your air conditioners. This will allow you to head off any problem before it becomes a serious problem.

Two – Perform a routine AC maintenance for ductwork leaks and other problems that can be caused by water damage.

Water damage does very specific types of damage to air-conditioning units, chief among them making duct work leak before it is old. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of leaky ductwork such as uneven air conditioning within your home or noisy functionality, having A/C maintenance done immediately to check for water damage.

Three – Make sure to check the evaporator coils during your AC maintenance checkups.

The evaporator coils are perhaps the most important part of your air conditioning unit when it comes to the effects of water damage. Evaporator coils are what deters condensation inside of your air conditioning unit. If they are damaged in any way, you will experience the deleterious effects of water damage a great deal earlier than you would if you had healthy evaporator coils. Problems will also progress much more quickly and you will be spending a great deal more money on professionals if you do not check evaporator coils on a regular basis during your routine checkups.

Many new air-conditioning systems also have a backup evaporator coil. Some of the top-notch systems may even have two backups. These will be the parts of your system that will first show the effects of water damage. You will often see pools of water around those parts of the air-conditioning unit and you may smell some of the effects of algae or fungus growth if the water has been sitting there for an especially long period of time.

The evaporator coil is normally not something that is checked on during the normal course of a routine maintenance call. You must ask for the evaporator coils to be checked on specifically by the licensed professional.