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Improper AC Installation Could Lead to Water Damage - Somerset 02726

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

In the summer months, the only thing that can keep us cool is the beloved air conditioner unit. 

While some homes are equipped with a central air system, most homes still rely on window units to keep the heat at bay. Installing these units can seem pretty straightforward. However, improper installation can lead to leaks and cause water damage that goes unnoticed well past the summer months eventually causing severe damage to your home.

If you find that your AC unit is leaking, here are some potential causes:

1. Condensate Drain Line

When this drain line is clogged with dust, dirt, or mold, it can back up into your home.

2. Drain pan

If your AC unit is old, the drain pan may be rusted and water may be dripping right through. Simply replacing the pan could solve this issue. 

3. Condensate Pump

If your AC unit is installed in the basement, check to make sure your condensate pump, the pump that pumps the water outside, is working properly. In some cases, you may need to repair or place the pump.

4. Air Filter

Cleaning your air filter regularly (every 1-3 months, depending on the season) will help ensure that the air filter doesn’t block the airflow over the evaporator coil. If that does happen, due to the cold air blowing, the coil freezes and eventually melts dripping an excess amount of water that the pan may not be able to hold. 

Though these are not the only potential causes of water leaks from your AC unit, they are common and worth taking some time to check. Calling a professional HVAC or AC technician to take a look at your unit can help to prevent any unforeseen water damage.

However, if you realize that may be too late, the crews at SERVPRO of Fall River will be more than happy to help restore the water damage to your home or office. Call us today for a quick and free estimate. 

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