Air conditioners are best known for their ability to cool your home when you need it most during the hot summer months. They can also act as a dehumidifier sometimes, pulling moisture from the air. What you do not want to see is more moisture around your air conditioner, or worse, seeing water leaking from your air conditioner.
An air conditioner leaking water could mean something is wrong with the inner workings of your unit. If left ignored, then that water can accumulate and lead to terrible water damage around your home. Being able to identify that your air conditioner is leaking water means that you might also be able to identify the reasons behind the problem.
There are a couple different reasons why your air conditioner is leaking water, and that issue could be caused by a clog in the drain line. HVAC technicians will say that this is the most frequent cause of water leakage. When the drain line is clogged with dirt, rust or other debris, the drain pan will overflow, leading to the leak.
The drain line will also leak if it becomes disconnected. The pipe fitting may not be secured, either from improper installation or simply because of time. An older unit might have its drain line get loose, which can lead to the drain line disconnected completely.
After noticing the leak and finding that the drain line is not the cause, your next spot to investigate is the condensate pump. This pump is what pushes water from your home to the outside, and a broken or malfunctioning condensate pump will allow water to accumulate and leak out of the unit.
You will often hear that replacing air filters should be a regular occurrence, and routine maintenance will help the longevity of your air conditioning system. When an older air filter becomes clogged it can prevent proper airflow over the evaporator coils. These coils will then get too cold and freeze. Once the coils melt, that water will then leak out of the unit.
Low refrigerant can cause leaks, as well as condensation that builds up on ductwork that is not well insulated. Not all water leaks need the immediate attention of an HVAC technician, but if you suspect that something is wrong inside the unit, or if you are afraid of water damage, do not hesitate to make that call.
Water leaking from your air conditioner can be a sign that something is not right within the unit, and it needs to be inspected. For more information on keeping your air conditioners in good shape, call Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415. Our staff is ready to answer all questions you may have.