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Water Damage and your Air Conditioner

Summer may be coming to an end, but San Diego’s hottest temperatures are typically August through October. So put away that knit sweater- pumpkin spice lattes aren’t in season yet, people. With temperatures in the high eighties, you’ll likely be running your air conditioning through the early fall season (even if it’s just to pretend the leaves are changing outside). Just don’t get too cozy in your faux-winter wonderland. Without appropriate and regular maintenance, your air conditioner could be posing severe water damage to your home. Air Conditioners produce large amounts of condensation, and can eventually cause water damage, mold growth, and structural damage. With the correct care and consideration, you can enjoy your personal igloo without worrying about water damage.

Be sure to have a specialist perform an annual inspection on your air conditioning system.

Check the following:

  • Check for proper refrigerant levels
  • Check the main and emergency drains for blockage and leaks
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils if necessary
  • Calibrate the thermostat
  • Check Oil Motors
  • Check all electrical components and controls
  • (Optional) Algaecide treatment to prevent growth of algae in drain lines

 

Change your air filter.

Your air conditioner’s filter should be changed about once a month. Dirty filters can restrict air -flow, and over work the evaporator coil, potentially causing the coil to freeze over and defrost into your home. In addition to changing out your filter, be sure to maintain the area around your air conditioner if it is outside. Clear any tall grass or shrubbery that may get into your air filter and cause blockage.

 

Safety Float Switches Can Stop Water Damage Before It Becomes a Problem 

A safety float switch shuts off the power to the air conditioning unit when water builds up in the drain pan, preventing further condensation. This is a great precautionary measure to take, in addition to your regular maintenance checks, and filter changes.

 

Certified Restoration Can Help! 

These tips will keep your air conditioning running smoothly through the fall season. If you do encounter water damage in your home, give Certified Restoration a call anytime.Our experts specialize in restoring water damaged carpets, and hardwood flooring. We have emergency response available 24/7, and have the tools and experience needed to properly repair water damage in your home!