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

Published on: August 23, 2012

Once you become a homeowner, you will have areas of your house that you must maintain. For example, your HVAC unit is an elaborate device that can cause numerous problems when you neglect it. HVAC problems include freezing, overheating and leaks. When leaks occur, they can cause water damage.

Evaporator Coil Condensation

Your HVAC unit contains several elements in order to create comfortable temperatures for your home. You’ll find your system’s heat pump outside and the evaporator coil on the inside of your home. While your air conditioner functions, condensation will form and drip down into the system’s central drain line, which your installer connected to your home’s plumbing structure.

HVAC units include a drain pan to protect your home against water damage when clogs form. If you notice water seeping from your system’s pipes, then you may have a clog. With dripping lines, you should contact our AC repair staff for clog removal.

When our air conditioning maintenance staff arrives, they will unblock the central pipe. Clogs can cause your emergency drain to stop up as well, and during this situation, you home may suffer from water damage. The water will overwhelm the drain pan and trickle through your home’s ceiling. It may even seep along the inside of your walls.

The Causes of Drain Clogs

When clogs form in your system’s drain lines, there are several potential causes such as mineral deposits, algae and insects. When our AC repair team arrives, we can treat your drain lines to dissuade algae from growing. We will also eliminate mineral deposits and insects.

Avoiding Water Damage

In order to prevent water damage caused by your HVAC unit, you should contact our air conditioning maintenance department for an annual inspection. When we arrive, we will assess your unit and catch early problems such as home damaging leaks. Our AC repair team will also make sure that your system is working efficiently.

In most cases, a clogged line is the cause of water damage. However, your unit can suffer from other glitches, which may result in leakage. For example, if your refrigerant levels are low, then the evaporator coil’s workload will increase and produce additional water. With more water in your unit’s drain pan, the possibility of water damage increases.

Your device may also have an abundance of refrigerant, which can result in your coil freezing. When the unit defrosts, additional water will flow into your drain pan, which may cause the system to leak.

Preventative Measures

When you need extra protection, our AC repair company can install a safety float, which will turn your air conditioning unit off automatically to prevent water damage.

Another area to keep an eye on is your HVAC unit’s contacts as the devices can burn out and cause a leaking problem. You should also avoid dirty coils. When we arrive for air conditioning maintenance, we will clean and oil your system.

By remaining current with your air conditioning maintenance, you can prevent expensive water damage from affecting your home.