Then I can tell you exactly how to accomplish that. I promise it won’t cost you a dime in the process, but it might cost a bundle when you achieve the “desired” result. So, don’t maintenance your air conditioner and you are on a sure path to have a pond, or a swamp if you prefer, in your home or business one of these days. And believe me you will not appreciate it when it happens. Here are a couple of recent examples of what had recently happened:
Case #1: A homeowner goes away for a long weekend to celebrate a relative’s birthday. They had a wonderful time and were feeling quite satisfied with their weekend until they returned home. As they walked in, they noticed something strange – their nice hardwood floors had been covered in a thin sheen of water. Upon walking further into the house, a natural dip in the subfloor revealed about an ankle’s deep puddle in their hallway – they needed rain boots just to walk around. The cause of this phenomenon? A clogged condensate line. The damage? The hardwood floors were soaked and damaged beyond repair, they had to call an emergency service to remove the water and mold, and pay for emergency a/c maintenance.
Case #2: A business owner rents a new space that hadn’t been occupied in a while. They put in new laminate flooring; paint the walls, put up new fixtures, etc. Everything goes very well for them until three months into operations they walk into a pond covering 50% of their brand new floor, and water is pouring like small faucet from the ceiling tiles. The damage is clear – they will need new ceiling insulation, new ceiling tiles and new floors. And there’s that emergency a/c service again. The cause? Failure to service an air conditioner that had not been checked or used in a while.
Of course, there’s no sure fire way to prevent every problem, but there are ways to stack the deck in your favor. Preventative maintenance on your air conditioning will help reduce the chance that your condensate will back up and that the system will function properly for dehumidification during your absence. Have those systems checked at the very minimum of once per year, it’s more advisable to do this twice per year. Air conditioning service contracts are inexpensive, and a great way to protect you from foreseeable problems.
As always, thanks for reading,
Bryan Hayes, along with his brother Todd, is a co-owner of a Sanibel Air Conditioning company on Sanibel, FL. They also own and operate an island-based electrical service company Sanctuary Island Electric, Inc. Bryan can be reached at Bryan@Sanibelair.com