If you have a fire or water emergency, please call us now at (727) 522-0000

To have the optimal experience while using this site, you will need to update your browser. You may want to try one of the following alternatives:

Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Why Your St. Petersburg Air Conditioner Leak Causes Water Damage

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

AC unit Water in your home can be a hassle. Call SERVPRO for help right away.

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

Especially in the warmer months, you may discover that your air conditioning unit is leaking inside 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 that 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.

When You Need Water Removal Services, Contact SERVPRO

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 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 air flow over the evaporator coil. The coil then gets too cold and freezes over. As it melts, it drops an extra amount of water that the pan might not hold. A similar problem is that low refrigerant lowers the pressure in the AC system, making the evaporator coil freeze over, overflowing the pan. 

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. Complete 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."

Other News

View Recent Posts