With temperatures already reaching 90 degrees, it’s time to start thinking about summer. Even though you may be dreaming of beaches, margaritas, outside barbecues and fun in the sun, there are other things to consider when getting ready for the warm weather San Diego brings: water damage. Even though the rainy season is soon to be over, there are other potential water damage threats installed right in your home that can cause huge water damage repair problems if not taken care of correctly.
Air conditioners produce large amounts of condensation. Without routine maintenance and check ups that condensation can lead to severe water damage repair situations like water damage, mold growth, and even caved in ceilings. It is important to take the necessary precautions and inspect your air conditioner before turning it on after a long winter of being shut off.
Here are some things you can do to reduce the risk of water damage repair in your home from your air conditioner:
Get annual inspections to prevent water damage repair.
Call a specialist and have them come out to check your air conditioning system every year before you start using it regularly. The technician should check the main and emergency drain lines for any type of blockage or leaks. They should also check the contractor for burned contacts, the refrigerant pressure, and all of the coils to see if they need to be cleaned. You may even want have the technician perform what is called a algaecide treatment, which interrupts the growth of algae in the drain lines over time. Please be aware that this treatment does not prevent blockage from any other potential pests, such as insects, rats, or mineral deposits.
Change your air filter.
The filter in your air conditioner should be changed about once a month. Air flow can become restricted due to dirty filters causing possible water damage. If your air conditioning unit is close to the ground outside of your house, do not let tall grass or shrubs grow around the unit. A dirty filter or plants growing around the condenser can cause the evaporator coil to work longer and harder than it needs to, potentially causing the coil to freeze over and defrost (melt) into your house.
Have a safety float switch installed.
A safety float switch shuts off the power to the air conditioning unit when water builds up in the drain pan preventing further condensation. Installing a float switch will alert you of a serious problem with you air conditioner before it causes a water damage repair problem.
Regular maintenance of your air conditioning system will go a long way. Make sure to routinely check your AC for any irregularities or problems, especially during the summer months when it is normally running. If your hardwood floor or carpet has flooded your home in any way due to a leaking air conditioner, we can help with water damage repair. Certified Restoration has the tools, technicians, and knowledge to dry your home out before you know it and get you right back to enjoying San Diego’s beautiful summer weather. Give us a call anytime.