Preventing Water Damage Repair From Your HVAC System
Proper maintenance of your home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is the key to helping reduce the risk of costly water damage repair in Springfield Missouri. Water that comes from HVAC leaks and flooding can cause serious damage ranging from mold buildup to major structural damage to your home. Here are some tips to prevent HVAC water damage:
Check for condensation on the drain line
When your AC unit is running, check the condensation line opening to make sure you see water flowing to the drain. The amount of water that flows depends on the humidity level in the house.
Check if the drain line is clogged
Your HVAC system has a drain pipe designed to handle condensation buildup. When this pipe becomes clogged by dirt, rust, or mold, the HVAC drain pan will fill and eventually overflow. This is the most common cause of HVAC leaks.
Check the connection
A common sign of improper HVAC system installation, loose pipe fittings are also a common cause of HVAC leaks. When fittings are secured poorly, over time they grow looser and looser until, eventually, the drain pipe disconnects from the HVAC system entirely. This allows the condensation produced by the HVAC to drain directly onto floors, ceilings, etc., depending on where the unit has been installed.
Change your HVAC filter regularly
Change filters at least once per month to help prevent the unit from overworking, which can cause freezing and then defrosting on the evaporator coils, leading to water damage. Choose high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, but check the instructions manual first to know what type of filter you need. If the filters are located inside the furnace or air handler, hire a contractor to change the filter.
Check the overflow drain pan
Drain pans made of metal or plastic can corrode over time, which can lead to further leakage. Use a flashlight to inspect it for holes or cracks, and replace as necessary
Install a condensation pump
To help excess water flow into the proper disposal drain. Additionally, install a safety float switch to automatically shut down the power to the AC unit whenever condensation builds up and there is a risk of water overflow.
Have your HVAC system inspected professionally
HVAC inspection and maintenance can be difficult for homeowners, so hiring a professional is a good idea. Besides the tasks already mentioned, they can inspect and fix problems related to HVAC components like the ductwork, furnace flames, grills and registers, AC compressors, the thermostat, and more.
During its normal operation, your HVAC system produces a considerable amount of condensation. The moisture in HVAC systems also promotes mold growth that can contaminate the air in your home. If you have found a leak in your home and need a professional to clean up any damage call the leaders in water and mold restoration at PuroClean Certified Restoration. We have the knowledge and experience to assess the problem quickly and effectively.