It’s the end of summer for most Americans around the country. That is, except for us here in South Florida. It’s always sunny and always summer in Fort Meyers, Florida. With that comes the need to constantly run our air conditioners day in and day out. As we continue to use our air conditioners incessantly, we are placing an aggressive amount of wear and tear on the unit. This can lead to a leaky air conditioner unit.
According to Action Cooling & Heating, Fort Meyers, responding to leaky air conditioners accounts for a majority of their service calls. This isn’t surprising. Leaky air conditioners are more common than you think. While the technicians of Action Cooling & Heating, Fort Meyers can quickly fix your leaky air conditioner, the problem of coinciding water damage is not as easy.
Water damage from leaky air conditioners is more common than you think, but nonetheless a costly inconvenience. If not monitored or immediately repaired, water damage can turn into mold and that just adds more cost to the repair and cleanup. To avoid water damage and mold from occurring, here are 3 simple tips that you can do to maintain your air conditioning unit.
Inspect the Unit
A visual inspection of your HVAC unit can go a long way in ensuring the unit works properly. Just giving the unit a quick yet thorough once over every 30 days can help you spot problems quickly. Being proactive on your air conditioner goes a long way in preventative care. To help keep you on track, follow the 30 day rule. This means when you change your HVAC air filter (which should be every 30 days), also inspect your condensation lines for moisture or leaks.
Check the Condensation Line
When checking your condensation line, you want to look for two things: proper pitch/angles and cleaned out lines. It’s ideal that your AC condensation line is as straight as possible with a 1/8-inch drop pitch for every 12 inches. This is the minimum. Additionally, 45-degree elbow connections are preferred.
Next, while the unit is running, check the condensation line for water flow. The humidity level in your home is determined by this amount of water. You want to make sure the water In the condensation line is properly flowing to the drain.
Finally, keep the unit clean. An ideal cleaning-aside from the 30-day filter change- is every 3 to 6 months. You want to clean out any dust, debris, and foreign particles from the condensation line that could adversely affect how the unit operates.