Don’t let your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system wreak havoc your home. Water may leak inside your home if the drain becomes clogged, the evaporator coils freeze, or if the pipes are not connected properly.
How to Prevent HVAC Water Damage
Water damage is never fun to deal with. It can go unnoticed for weeks, or even months before you realize it’s time to do something. Also, your home’s air conditioning unit has the potential to cause water damage to your home. The good thing preventing HVAC water damage is easy. With proper maintenance, everything is a breeze. Don’t neglect proper care for your unit. Here are ways to prevent HVAC water damage from happening.
1. Change HVAC filter regularly
Do this at least once a month to help prevent the unit from overworking. This way, you can avoid freezing and defrosting on the evaporator coils that lead to water damage. Choose high-efficiency particulate air filters, but you should also check the instructions manual to know what type is best for your unit.
2. Maintain the condensation drain line
Check the condensation line opening when your AC unit is running and make sure you see water flowing down the drain. Flush the drain with an algae inhibitor and if the drain is already clogged, attach a wet/dry vacuum to the drain line to suck the clog out. The emergency drain line should be properly connected and installed. Lastly, ensure the pipe is oriented correctly.
3. Install a condensation pump
A condensation pump will help excess water flow into the proper disposal drain. You may also 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.
4. Have your HVAC system inspected professionally
Homeowners may find it difficult to inspect and maintain HVAC so hiring a professional is your best bet to get the best out of your unit.