Your air conditioning unit is vulnerable to leaks, which can lead to water damage, if you do not perform some repair tasks regularly. The good news is that these routine tasks are rather easy to do and do not involve hiring a professional most of the time. Here are the most frequent causes for A/C leaks with the best way to fix preventing them:
- The drain line is clogged – the drain line is a pipe which collects the condensed water that your A/C unit has produced and transports it out of doors your house. Sometimes, the drain line becomes clogged with algae, dirt, mineral deposits and even mold or mildew, causing water to overflow into your home. Tips:
- If the drain pipes are clogged, try to use a wet-dry cleaner to suck out the water and debris out from the outdoor drain pipe.
- To avoid drain lines from blocking, pour a mixture of half warm water, half bleach in to the pipe once every four to six months, but ensure the pipes are not blocked first.
- Consider installing an overflow shut off device on the drain line to immediately switch off the A/C unit if the drain line backs up.
- The overflow drain pan is broken – the drain pan collects any water that has overflowed a result of a clogged drain line. After a while, drain pans made from metal or plastic may get damaged, resulting in leakages and water damage. Tips:
- If you see leaks near the drain pan, carefully examine it for damage using a flashlight.
- Consider patching up small holes or even cracks making use of epoxy glue or changing the pan entirely.
- The air filter is dirty – air filters should really be changed once every one to two months (once a month during the cooling season); neglecting to do this might restrict the airflow to the evaporator’s coils. Consequently, water can easily freeze on the coils and, when it melts, it will drip water. Change the filters periodically in order to avoid this from happening.
It is not a guarantee that your air conditioning might fail and cause water damage and flooding in your home or business, but it is good to be educated on the topic. If anything does happen with your air conditioning do not hesitate to contact San Diego Water Damage Repair Experts if you need help. We are always ready to respond!