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HVAC Unit Leaking: Why It Happens & What to Do

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Leaking HVAC unit When you notice a leak originating from your HVAC unit, you may have a few questions.

HVAC (Heating, Cooling, and Air Conditioning) units are working overtime in order to combat the summer heat. Homes and businesses alike rely on these units to facilitate the flow and circulation of cool air. When you notice a leak originating from your HVAC unit, you may wonder: 

  • What is causing my HVAC unit to leak?
  • Can I continue using my HVAC while it is leaking?
  • What can I do to stop the leak?

All three of these questions will be answered in today’s blog.

What Is Causing My HVAC Unit to Leak?

HVAC leaks can have a variety of causes. Humidity is usually high during the summer months and the excess moisture created by the humidity can overwhelm your drain pan. Debris and mold might clog your drain line, leading to a backup, which prevents water from draining out of your property. The best solution in this situation is to call an HVAC professional for help in unclogging the line. Other potential reasons behind your HVAC leak are a dirty filter and a damaged or broken drain pan or pump. 

Can I Keep Using My HVAC Unit?

When your HVAC unit leaks, it won’t completely shut down, which means that you can technically continue using it. However, more damage can be caused to the unit itself and surrounding walls, ceilings, and furniture if it continues working while leaking. Be aware that the water leaking from the unit can also lead to other issues, such as mold growth. 

What Can I Do?

To decrease the chances of your HVAC unit leaking, there are several preventative measures that you can take. The first and most important is scheduling inspections and maintenance by an HVAC professional that occur on a regular basis. Another helpful preventative measure, especially during the summer especially, is regulating humidity levels inside of your home or business so that they do not become so high that they cause moisture to accumulate. If, however, you discover a leak originating from your HVAC unit, the most effective solution is to immediately turn off the unit and call a professional.

We Are HVAC Professionals

Here at SERVPRO Team Wall, we are HVAC Cleaning professionals and are ready to help 24/7. At the first sign of an HVAC unit leak, call SERVPRO of Harrisburg West at (717) 510-6779 in order to prevent further water damage and get your HVAC unit functioning properly again in no time. For more information about our HVAC Cleaning services, as well as our residential Water Damage Restoration services, Commercial Water Damage Restoration services, Water Restoration Process, and Water Damage Tips, check out our website. Trust SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened” for your home or business.

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