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Avoiding Water Damage When You’re Using Your Air Conditioner All The Time

Air conditioners naturally produce moisture, or condensation, which makes the possibility of water damage ever present. There are some ways, however, that you can prevent water damage from occurring in your home. The following tips will help you to develop a plan of action to protect your system and your home.

During the cooling process, evaporator coils produce condensation, which should safely and efficiently drain from the system through the main drain line. However, these lines often develop clogs. When that occurs, air conditioner manufacturers had the foresight to implement an emergency drain to compensate for clogs. However, if both drains become clogged, you’ll have a significant problem on your hands, particularly if your air conditioner is installed in your attic or a closet in your home, as water damage can occur as leaks and clogs begin to saturate carpeting, wood and more.

There are other problems, aside from clogs, that can lead to water damage, including:

    • Burned contacts
    • Dirty coils
    • Low refrigerant

These three problems place more stress on the evaporator coils, which can lead to coil freeze. When the frost melts, the coil will release lots of moisture into the drain, more than it was designed to hold, putting your home at risk for water damage.

The best way to avoid water damage and water problems altogether is to have your air conditioner serviced annually. Preventive maintenance will help to keep your system, and the evaporator coils, refrigerant levels and contacts, in top working order. The service will also include an inspection of the two drains, ensuring they are clog-free and operational.

Two other steps will help too:

    1. Ask your technician if an algaecide treatment will help prevent clogs.
    2. Have a safety float switch installed, which will shut down the A/C when too much water gathers in the drain pan.

If you’re worried about water damage this summer when you’re air conditioner is operating at full capacity 100 percent of the time, in the Phoenix Valley, contact the experts at Wolff Mechanical today. We will schedule a free home consultation to evaluate your A/C and recommend the best solutions to prevent water damage.

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about water damage and other HVAC topics, visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!     

Wolff Mechanical services the Phoenix Valley area in Arizona.

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