Water damage is never fun to deal with. It can take weeks or even months to notice, but by the time you do, it’s usually too late. To make matters even worse, your home’s air conditioning unit also has the potential to cause water damage to your home, if not properly maintained. Under normal circumstances, your A/C should never leak water into your home, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t happen.

By neglecting to take proper care of your air conditioner, you’re leaving your home vulnerable. Continue reading to discover some of the most common causes of the leakage, how to prevent A/C water damage to your home, and whether or not your insurance will cover the repairs.

Below are 7 of the most common causes of water damage that can stem from your air conditioner:

  1. Clogged or disconnected drain
  2. Dirty condensate pump
  3. Clogged air filter
  4. Dirty evaporator coil
  5. Cracked drain pan
  6. Low refrigerant
  7. Condensation buildup within ductwork

How do I repair A/C water damage?

Depending on the severity of the damage and what the root cause is, repair tactics will vary. If you are only dealing with condensation or a small leakage of water, you might have caught the issue early enough to only need to replace some drywall, or, if you’re really lucky, allow the area dry out. If, however, there is significant water damage, that can lead to things like warmed floorboards and sagging ceilings, so we suggest calling in the professionals to do some hardcore demo work.

If you are dealing with mold, you’ll need to have a professional advise you on whether the mold is just on the surface, or if it requires replacing large sections of flooring or drywall. If repairable, the area will need to be thoroughly sanitized and bleached so that the mold doesn’t return. Because this task is so dangerous, we recommend leaving this to the professionals as well.

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