Why Your HVAC Unit Is Leaking and What You Can Do
Every summer, HVAC units and, specifically, air conditioning systems, fight the heat, working overtime to facilitate the flow of cool air throughout homes and businesses. If your HVAC system starts leaking, you may have a few questions, like:
- Why is my HVAC unit leaking?
- Can I keep using my HVAC while it is leaking?
- What should I do if I notice my HVAC leaking?
In today’s blog, we’ll answer all three of these questions.
Why Is My HVAC Unit Leaking?
There are many reasons as to why your HVAC unit might start leaking. During the summer, high humidity levels can cause an accumulation of excess moisture from condensation, overwhelming your drain pan and causing an overflow. Additionally, if your drain line becomes clogged for any reason with debris or mold, it can back up and prevent water from draining out of your property. In this situation, it is best to call a professional for help in unclogging the line. It is also possible that your filter is dirty. Lastly, it is possible for your HVAC unit to leak as the result of an aging, damaged, or broken drain pan or pump.
Can I Keep Using My HVAC Unit?
While your HVAC unit will not completely stop working when it begins leaking, more damage can be caused to the unit itself and surrounding walls, ceilings, and furniture if you continue using it. Another consequence is mold growth, which may result from the leaking water.
What Can I Do?
There are several preventative measures that you can take in order to decrease the chances of your HVAC system leaking. The most important of these measures is scheduling regular, frequent inspections and maintenance by an HVAC professional. Additionally, especially during the summer months, you can monitor humidity levels inside of your home or business in order to ensure that they do not become so high that they cause a buildup of moisture. However, in the event that you discover a leak originating from your HVAC unit, be sure to turn off the unit immediately and call a professional.
We Are HVAC Professionals
During any HVAC malfunction or water damage emergency, know that SERVPRO Team Wall is here to help. HVAC professionals and water damage restoration experts, our team members regularly inspect HVAC units and perform reliable water damage restoration services for residential and commercial properties. Visit our website to learn more about our HVAC Cleaning services, in addition to our residential Water Damage Restoration services, Commercial Water Damage Restoration services, Water Restoration Process, and Water Damage Tips. Upon first discovery of water damage or a leak, call SERVPRO of Hunt Valley and Harford County at (410) 229-0012 right away.