One of the most commonly overlooked sources of water damage for homeowners is from air conditioners. This type of damage can be subtle, often starting as just a slow drip that eventually grows into serious damage. By the time you find it, it may have already been weeks or months, creating water damage and resulting in rot, mold growth, and even serious structural damage.
Luckily, if you have water damage from an air conditioner, ServiceMaster South Shore is by your side. Our experienced team of technicians can repair the damage and service your air conditioner so you can stay cool on-demand.
That being said, it’s important to learn some of the most common causes of the water damage from your air conditioner, ways to prevent this type of water damage to your home, and whether your insurance policy will cover the cost of repairs.
Typical Causes of Water Damage from Air Conditioners
In truth, most of the causes of water damage that stem from air conditioners comes from lack of servicing the unit while in operation. These causes include:
- Clogged air filter
- Clogged/disconnected drain
- Condensation buildup within ductwork
- Dirty evaporator coil
- Low refrigerant levels
- Cracked/damage drain pan
- Dirty condensate pump
How to Prevent Water Damage from Air Conditioners
Now that you know the typical causes of malfunction by air conditioners that lead to water damage, there are a number of preventative measures to take to avoid water damage from A/C units:
- First, stop the leak by turning off or unplugging the air conditioner.
- Check the unit for obvious problems. If you are handy, you may be able to address small repairs mentioned in the previous section. (If the repair seems difficult or you are unable to trace the origin, give ServiceMaster Southshore a call to fix the problem.)
- Keep the air conditioner turned off until the leak is finally fixed. In the interim, mop up any standing water and assess the extent of damages. Removal of the unit may expose long-term damage, so be careful when handling the unit.
- Start the drying process by removing water from carpets and flooring with a wet vac.
- Set up fans and open any nearby windows to create cross-currents of fresh air throughout the affected area. Also, using a dehumidifier in proximity to the affected area accelerates the drying process.
- Inspect surfaces and materials signs for mildew and mold growth. Be aware of signs of mold hiding in the walls, such as discoloration or dark spots.
That being said, it’s best to call in the professionals at ServiceMaster South Shore to resolve the issues if you detect:
- Structural damage from air conditioner condensation leaks (especially in ceilings)
- Extensive framing/drywall tear-out and replacement
- Badly-soaked carpets, hardwood floors, or subflooring
- Mold growth that has spread inside your home’s structure (including walls and insulation)
Does My Insurance Policy Cover A/C Water Damage?
The answer is that it depends if it is covered in your homeowner’s insurance policy. That’s why it is important to check your policy and discuss the details of the damage with your insurance agent.
For most homeowner’s insurance policies, you are probably covered for water damage due to air conditioner problems – however, there are exceptions:
- Lack of routine maintenance
- Old equipment
- Expired warranty
- A/C unit not sized properly for the home
- Unlicensed/faulty installation
Regardless if you’re covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy, ServiceMaster South Shore can help.
Call ServiceMaster South Shore
At ServiceMaster South Shore, it is our mission to restore peace of mind and have a worry-free summer. Our team of expert technicians takes care of everything – from soaked carpets and soggy drywall to mold removal and remediation. For emergency services, we’re available 24/7/365. Call us today to eliminate water damage from your A/C and enjoy the peace of mind that you deserve!