It’s summer and that means the weather is on the warmer side. North Carolina can sometimes experience some pretty hot temperatures during this season and while that’s great for the plants and for us to do all the outdoor activities we love, it can often mean overworking our AC units to keep things cool when we’re inside. When we consider that some of our AC units haven’t been in use for months, it could spell disaster. This time of year we often receive a lot of calls from persons who’ve suffered water damage due to faulty AC condensation lines or AC leaks. We don’t want you to suffer that fate this year so here are some tips for preventing water damage from your AC unit this summer.
Most of the time, AC unit leaks aren’t noticed until the subsequent water damage happens. That is why routine inspection and maintenance are highly important in preventing that water damage from happening in the first place. So what should you be doing in regards to routine maintenance?
There are 3 main reasons why your AC is likely to leak: frozen evaporator coils, overflowing drain pan or clogged condensate drain line. AC’s work by pulling warm air over evaporator coils. As the refrigerant inside the coils absorbs heat, the temperature exchange creates condensation. When your air filter is dirty, air cannot pass through as easily, which causes the evaporator coils to freeze up. Since refrigerant flows through your evaporator coils and requires proper airflow to absorb heat, if airflow is restricted, ice will form and drip water. Frozen coils can be avoided by changing air filters regularly. Your AC may also be leaking because of a damaged drain pan or an overflowing drain pan. Sealing up a cracked drain pan is easy with some wet sealant, or you can let the pros tackle this for you. Finally, the condensate line can become blocked with fungi, algae, and debris. It’s necessary to clear the drain line every once in a while.
So what should you do if you notice water damage/water leaking from your AC unit?
Don’t let an AC unit mishap prevent you from enjoying your summer. However, if you do experience a bad AC leak, H2O Drying Solutions is just a call away. Whether you’re in North Carolina or South Carolina, we’ve got you covered. We offer quick service to help you deal with emergencies. Call our 24/7 emergency response team at (877) 251-1752.