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Water Loss, HVAC Repairs: One Leads to the Other.

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

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If your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system isn't properly maintained, it can cause a lot of water damage very rapidly. Clogged drains, frozen evaporator coils, and improperly connected pipes are all common sources of HVAC water damage.

As a result, it's critical to maintain your HVAC system at least once a year. This will assist to extend the life of your unit and save you money on heating and cooling. The good news is that most HVAC maintenance activities are rather simple and do not necessitate hiring an expert.

Easy ways to help prevent HVAC Water Damage

Change the filter regularly

  • Changing the filter prevents the unit from overworking, which can result in the evaporator coils freezing and then defrosting, resulting in HVAC water damage.
  • High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters should be changed at least once a month. Depending on their type and how often you use the HVAC, it's best to change some air filters twice a year and others once a month.

Clean the condenser unit

  • The condenser is the part of your air conditioner or heat pump that is outside. To function properly, it must have adequate airflow.
  • Once a year, clean any dirt or other debris that has accumulated on the condenser (preferably at the beginning of spring).
  • Also, to ensure optimal ventilation, keep plants away from the condenser and remove anything that is covering it regularly.

Maintain the condensation drain line

  • Check the condensation line opening when your air conditioner is running to make sure water is flowing to the drain. The volume of water that flows is determined by the relative humidity in the home.
  • Clean the drainage holes in the air conditioner. Find the drainage hole in the cabinet's base (beneath the evaporator fins). To keep the AC drainage free, use a paper clip or wire to poke through the hole and clear it.
  • Flush your drain line with an algaecide once or twice a year to keep mildew and algae at bay. Alternatively, you can use normal bleach or a professional solution.

Have your HVAC system inspected professionally

  • Because HVAC inspection and maintenance can be challenging for homeowners, it's a smart idea to hire a professional.
  • They can evaluate and repair problems with HVAC components in addition to the activities already listed.
  • Ductwork, furnace flames, grills and registers, AC compressors, the thermostat, and other components are among the things that must be checked.

Knowing how to keep HVAC unit up to date, and reduce the risk of leaking isn't always enough to avoid water damage. Moisture from leaks encourages mold growth, which can taint the air in your home and compromise its structural integrity. If you suffer a HVAC leak, SERVPRO Mesquite can help with water damage restoration and mold eradication, quickly and efficiently, to minimize your loss and your stress.

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