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Water Damage from Air Conditioning Equipment: What to look for

7/27/2023 (Permalink)

Lynnwood, WA averages 165 sunny days per year with the hottest month being August. Have you noticed an increase in heat lately? You aren’t alone. Many Lynnwood residents are finding themselves turning to their thermostats more this summer than in the past. Local HVAC companies are reporting record sales and more people are installing AC systems in homes that previously went without.

With hot weather and more complex HVAC systems can come more upkeep and problems for homeowners. Because we live in a region that does not use AC year-round there is a much higher need to service in summer months when equipment is utilized.

Many AC units can cause leaks. Some common types of leaks include the following;

Clogged Air Filters

Dirty air filters can block proper airflow over your unit’s evaporator coils, causing them to get too cold and freeze. The melting ice from frozen evaporator coils can cause more water than your HVAC drain pan can handle and results in overflow. 

Leaky HVAC Drain Pan

Drain pans degrade over time because they are constantly exposed to moisture. They eventually need to be replaced and they can develop cracks and holes that create leaks.

Clogged Drain Line

Over time, and as water flows through your condensation line, mold and mildew can build up. As part of regular maintenance, pour 1-2 cups of bleach or vinegar into your condensation line every few months to keep it clean.

Malfunctioning Condensate Pump

 If your condensate pump is broken or malfunctioning, then water builds up and will eventually leak out of the HVAC unit.

Low Refrigerant Levels

Low refrigerant levels cause leaks in your refrigerant lines and oftentimes cause the system to shut down. Check your levels often.

We offer 24-hour emergency water damage services throughout the greater Lynnwood area. If you suspect a leak from your HVAC equipment call SERVPRO of Lynnwood immediately at 425-774-1148.

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