Air Conditioners Can Cause Water Damage

Finally, summer is right around the corner! You know what that means. Pool parties, tanning, parks, fresh outdoors, and so much more. After a long day in the sun, families return home and hope to be greeted by a nice, air conditioned home. Sounds perfect, right? Well, most of the time it is. But sometimes, air conditioners can cause damage to your home. What most people don’t recognize is that with improper or nonexistent maintenance, you are at risk for water damage from your AC!

As you probably already know, air conditioners collect a ton of water. Anywhere from 10 to 20 gallons per day is nothing out of the ordinary. Normally, air conditioners will release the water into a pan/pipe that leads into a sewer system. When something plugs the drain, it’s not difficult for overflow to become an issue and create problems within your home. Just because the most common cause for air conditioning related water damage is clogging, doesn’t mean that clogging is the only way damage will occur. Air conditioners constantly have some sort of water flow. Condensation also plays a part. Believe it or not, it adds up and could cost you hundreds.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to prevent this kind of damage. Changing the filter monthly is great for your air conditioner. When changing the filter, you will also be able to see what’s going on, on the inside. You will be able to check out the condensation line, evaporator coils, and anything else that you may need to inspect. Also, be sure to inspect the flow. It’s crucial to ensure that the water is going to the drain. If at any point you need to replace a condensation line, try to steer clear of elbow connects. Straight forward lines are going to be more efficient. If you are nervous about any repairs or have any concerns and you don’t feel comfortable handling them on your own, call a professional. For extra protection, ask for an algaecide to be used. This way you can prevent mold damage as well!

Water damage from air conditioners can end up costing hundreds, maybe even thousands if the home goes untreated for a long period of time. But, how can you be sure if there’s damage or not? Call a professional water damage restoration company. Not only do we offer free estimates, but our team of highly skilled professionals will come prepared for the worst, 24/7. Give us a call today with all of your water damage needs!

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