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Why Your St. Petersburg Air Conditioner Leak Causes Water Damage

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Your St. Petersburg Air Conditioner Leak Causes Water Damage Infrared Camera Validating the Dryness in a St. Pete Condo

Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your St. Pete Condo Post Water Problems

Especially in the warmer months, you may discover that your air conditioning unit is leaking inside of your home. There are several reasons why this can happen. If it does, the first thing to do is to turn off the thermostat for your AC to stop further damage to your home. When enough water has leaked into your home, water removal is necessary. Water forms in your air conditioner in the first place because it contains an evaporator coil which cools the warm air which is blown over it. Moisture, or condensation, forms on the coil because of this. The moisture then drops into a drain pan and down a condensate drain line leading outside your home.

One of the main reasons you find the need for water removal from your St. Petersburg AC unit is a clogged condensate drain line. If it gets clogged with dirt, dust, mold, or sludge, the water backs up inside your home. You then need the professional help of SERVPRO, a professional water removal company, to help you clean up the water and possibly fix the problem of unclogging the line. A specific vacuum is used to suck the blockage material out.
 
Other causes of a leaking air conditioner are a rusted or damaged drain pain, allowing the water to fall right through, or a broken condensate pump. When you have your AC unit installed in the within the home, a condensate pump channels the water outdoors through a PVC pipe. If this pump breaks or the microswitch malfunctions, the water does not go outside anymore, causing water accumulation.
 
Your air conditioner could also have a dirty filter, which blocks airflow over the evaporator coil. The coil then gets too cold and freezes over. As it melts, it drops an extra amount of water which the pan might not be able to hold. A similar problem, low refrigerant lowers pressure in the AC system, making the evaporator coil freeze over, overflowing the pan as well.
 
No matter the cause, our technicians from SERVPRO, arrive at your home quickly when damage is evident. We use professional equipment such as portable wet-vacs, and in extreme cases, truck-mounted extraction units for efficient water removal. We also have devices to find hidden moisture like hygrometers and moisture detectors, plus infrared cameras to detect water trapped behind your walls. Total drying is key to professional water damage restoration.
 
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can thoroughly dry your home out when your AC unit has leaked, or another issue caused a water intrusion. Just call us at (727) 522-0000, to make "Like it never even happened."

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