Leaking HVAC Systems

Common Causes of Unwanted Home Damage

July 5, 2022

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HVAC system can cause extensive water damage if it’s not maintained correctly

With summer officially here and as hotter temperatures set in, it is important to perform an annual maintenance check-up of your HVAC and mounted AC units. HVAC leaks can be easy to miss, especially if the leak is happening behind walls or under flooring, and can cause a host of problems if not attended to.

Home Damage caused by leaking HVAC systems

During the summer months, HVAC systems and AC units get heavy use and often leak condensation which can cause water damage and mold.

A leaking HVAC system can be indicative of a larger problem. A prolonged lack of maintenance could result in costly repairs or the need for complete replacement. Even worse, some HVAC problems could create dangerous situations, or lead to damage to the interior of your home including walls, floors or the foundation.

Maintenance for your HVAC system

On an annual basis, your HVAC unit is something that should be maintained to prevent costly repairs. Hiring a professional service company is preferable in most cases to ensure optimal working efficiency of your unit. AC units that are wall or window mounted should also be inspected and most often maintenance can be done by the homeowner each season before use.

Inspection of AC units should include replacing or cleaning the air filters, an inspection of the drain line, lubrication of moving parts, and checking the thermostat for proper functioning.

Signs your HVAC may be damaging your home

If you notice any of the following, you should seek a professional HVAC servicing company or if damage to your home has occurred, seek out a reputable home damage restoration company to provide immediate clean up and repair services.

  • Standing or pooling water
  • A full condensate pan may indicate a clogged pipe or frozen evaporator coil
  • Moldy smell throughout the entire house
  • Water damage such as water spots near the unit, along interior walls or floor
  • Buckling of hardwood flooring may indicate water collecting below

As soon as you discover any leaking or pooling water around an indoor AC unit, be sure to turn off your air conditioner. This can help prevent causing damage to the electrical components of the unit and limit the amount of water damage to your home. 

Ensuring that you complete your annual HVAC maintenance work and inspection with a high-quality HVAC service company can go a long way in protecting your home from damage and ensuring the optimum working efficiency of your unit.

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