Good news: Utah has one of the lowest electricity costs per kilowatt-hour in the country. Bad news: not all homes can take advantage of it. One of the common reasons is a water leak.
How does a water leak affect your electric bill? Moisture refers to the amount of water in liquid state. It’s why bathrooms and basements feel damp and wet. High levels of moisture can affect humidity, which is the amount of water in the air. Higher humidity not only makes you feel sticky and sweaty, it also makes your surroundings uncomfortable. Thus, it encourages you to turn your A/C sometimes to full blast. It also forces your A/C to work harder.
Where the Leaks are Coming From
To control both moisture and humidity, one needs to find the source of the leak. But where do they actually come from?
- Damaged water pipes – The first culprit is a damaged pipe caused by years of neglect, natural deterioration, and rusting. If the room feels humid, it’s standard to check underneath sinks to make sure pipes are working well.
- Air conditioners – Air conditioners pull humid air in and blow cold air out. In the process, it accumulates water, which is drained into a pan and condensate drain line. If these parts are damaged due to rusting, clogging, or poor installation, leaks can develop. A/C problems are usually those that cannot DIY. Otherwise, there’s the risk of causing further damage to the appliance. Instead, call air conditioner repairs Sandy professionals. They can clean the unit, correct the installation, and change defective parts.
- Roofs – If water tends to run through the walls, there’s a good chance the water leak problem begins at the roof. There are many possible reasons for roof leaks including bad installation or replacement, deterioration, broken tiles, and even animal intrusion.
To avoid fixing water leaks is like wasting money for nothing. Repair these before they damage your wallet further by forcing you to do more serious and costlier fixes later.