One of the benefits provided by your air conditioner is dehumidification of your indoor air. As air circulates through the system, it flows across the evaporator coil. Water is drawn out of the air as condensation forms on this coil. The water is then drained away and the drier air circulates back into your home.

The presence of this water creates a constant possibility of leaks and overflows. Here are six ways you can minimize the risk of water damage from an active air conditioner.

1. Preventive maintenance:

Contact your local trusted HVAC service professional to schedule regular preventive maintenance. This is the best thing you can do to keep your air conditioner running well and without leaks. Your technician should check and clear main and emergency drains. Coils should also be cleaned and contactors inspected for possible damage.

2. Algaecide:

Regular applications of algaecide will keep algae from growing inside the pipes and causing clogs.

3. Adequate airflow:

Your air conditioner must have an unobstructed flow of air to work properly. Change filters regularly to prevent them from getting dirty and clogged. Ensure adequate airflow around the outside unit by trimming back tree limbs and other vegetation.

4. Emergency drainage:

Check the emergency drain outlet frequently. If water is coming out of this pipe, it means your primary drain is clogged and a leak is likely to happen soon. Shut off your air conditioner and call for service.

5. Mechanical media filter:

If your air conditioner uses this type of filter, contact an HVAC technician to replace it at least once a year.

6. Safety float switch:

Have a safety float switch installed in the drain pan. If the water level in the pan rises too much, the switch will shut off the air conditioner. When you notice the air conditioner isn’t running, you’ll know to call for service.

For 40 years, Acosta Heating & Cooling has been providing professional heating and air conditioning services to customers in Charlotte and surrounding areas. Contact us today for more information on preventing water damage from your air conditioner or to schedule a preventive maintenance call to ensure clear drains and effective operation.