You can’t control how hot it gets outside and therefore how much your air conditioner must run to keep you comfortable, so you have no say in the amount of condensation that is generated by your hard-working A/C. Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent damage from a leaky air conditioner so no matter what the weather is like outside, you don’t have to worry about water damage.
- Schedule preventative maintenance every spring. If you failed to have your A/C tuned up during the cooler months, it’s not too late. Maintaining your air conditioner is just as important as getting the oil changed in your car. The various checks performed by a technician will help your system operate more efficiently and last longer. Inspecting the drain line is important for catching a leaky air conditioner before damage occurs. Other checks such as cleaning the coils and checking electric contacts can help prevent leaks from forming.
- Ask for an algaecide treatment. Algae growth is a major cause of clogged drain lines that can lead to a leaky air conditioner. By adding this inexpensive treatment to a tune-up, you can help prevent water damage in your home.
- Change the filter regularly. By checking the air filter once per month and cleaning or replacing it when needed, you help maintain optimal airflow. This decreases the risk of a freezing/thawing evaporator coil, which is more likely to occur when the coil is overworked due to a clogged air filter.
- Ask for a safety float switch to be installed. This device shuts off the A/C if the condensate drain begins to fill with water, thus preventing more condensation from forming. You’ll know something’s wrong because the air conditioner won’t cycle back on despite the heat, signaling you to call a technician and have the system checked out.
To learn more about preventing a leaky air conditioner from causing water damage in your home, please contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We also offer other useful heating and cooling tips to residents of Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about air conditioners and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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