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January 11, 2021

AC Water Damage? What You Need to Know!

The air conditioning system in your home is a vital part of your daily life. From keeping it comfortable to removing humidity from the air, it has an important job. That’s why it is also critical that you have a company on your side to help with all of the necessary home air conditioner needs that come up. Our team here at Rainbow Lakes AC has been in business for years keeping our clients cool and comfortable. We’ve seen a variety of issues come up with systems here in Central Florida and we work diligently to help maintain our customer’s level of comfort while providing budget-friendly services. One of those issues we see often is water damage from the AC system itself.

Water damage from the air conditioner in your home can sneak up on you when you least expect it. That’s why it’s important to have regular inspections to ensure you catch it early on. One of the recent jobs we worked on didn’t know there was water damage that had to be repaired. In return, it cost more time and money on the project. Take a look at the problem we had to address below, the possible causes, and how you can help stop this from happening to your home air conditioner.

Air Return Box Rebuild

We arrived at our client’s home to work on a project for the AC system. Upon arrival and getting into the job, it was found that the AC unit had caused water damage in the air return box. Because of this damage, all the insulation had to be torn out and the project start from scratch. This can add more labor costs, supplies cost, and time to getting your AC job done. It’s important to understand why this may have happened to this home and what you should watch for.

Possible Causes of Damage

There are many possible causes of damage to the HVAC unit in your home. These could include:

  • Drain issues – If your drain is clogged up or even has become disconnected, this could lead to a leak and water damage.
  • Condensate Pump – When this is dirty or clogged, it also will result in a water leak or water being in places it shouldn’t be.
  • Drain Pan – Sometimes these parts can crack and result in leakage during the operation of the system.
  • Refrigerant – When levels are low, this can result in water damage to the home or even the unit itself.
  • Air filters – Clogged or dirty air filters can cause a blockage and back up of moisture.
  • Evaporator coil – Again, dirty coils can result in leaks throughout the home.
A Dirty A/C Coil
A Dirty Air Conditioning Coil

Possible Causes of Damage

There are a few things you can do to help prevent this type of damage to your home air conditioner. For starters, do not neglect routine maintenance by a certified, professional HVAC company like Rainbow Lakes AC. This maintenance is what means the difference in your system lasting for the lifespan and reducing chances of water damage, and the possibility of having major repairs being done to the home. Our maintenance program will go through every aspect of your system ensuring it works as it should and avoiding any repairs or breakdowns

Another important step in reducing this possibility is to be sure that filters are cleaned properly or changed out on a regular basis. This seemingly simple step can make a huge difference in the performance of your AC system.

Make sure you check your condensation line. Cleaning the line will help you to prevent this issue from stopping up the system and causing a water leak. Keep an eye on the refrigerant levels of your system as well. Having these checked will keep an eye out for any refrigerant leaks that could cause water damage.

Consider having a secondary drain line or even an overflow pan installed as well. We can discuss these options with you at your scheduled maintenance appointment. These options help to give you a second line of defense when it comes to your water leak problems.

Image of an air conditioning condensation line that is full of algae and bacteria that clogged the line.
Plugged Air Conditioning Condensation Line

Think you may have water damage from your AC Unit?

Rainbow Lakes Heating & Air Will Give You A Free Quote!

When you need to have an AC repair, maintenance or installation taken care of, be sure to contact the experts at Rainbow Lakes AC. Allow us to put our expertise to work for you in ensuring that water damage is found fast or prevented from happening at all. Your home’s central air conditioning unit is in good hands when working with the licensed, trained, and insured technicians here.

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