Nothing’s more important than your air conditioner on a hot summer day.
So when something goes wrong with your AC, you want answers fast—especially as temperatures across the country continue to rise.
If you’ve ever walked outside to find an unusual amount of water coming out of the unit or found water actually leaking into your home, you know how frustrating it can be to try and track down the problem.
Fortunately, there are usually just a few potential causes for this frustrating problem. Keep reading for a closer look at why your AC might be leaking and how an air conditioning repair can help.
Dirty Air Filter
It’s always smart to look for the most obvious solution first and with many AC issues, a dirty air filter is often the source of the problem.
Pull your AC filter out and inspect it for dirt and dust. If the filter is dirty, replace it right away.
If your air filter is too dirty, airflow to the evaporator coil could actually be blocked. This could lead to a frozen evaporator coil. When the coil melts, the excess condensation may run out of the overflow pan.
A dirty air filter can lead to all sorts of problems and much less efficient airflow overall. Be sure to change your filter every 30 to 90 days.
Clogged Condensate Drain Line
One of the most common causes of a leaky air conditioner is a clogged condensate drain line.
This drain line can easily get plugged with dirt, grime, or even mold. When this happens, water can quickly back up into your home.
While this drain line can be cleaned out with a wet-dry vacuum, plus a few other tools, it’s really best to get in touch with a pro if the line is badly backed up.
Damaged or Overflowing Drain Pan
If your AC is older or has not been serviced in a while, the drain pan could be damaged.
If the pan is cracked or has rusted through in some places, it will allow water to flow where it shouldn’t be flowing.
Some pans can be easily replaced by the do-it-yourselfer but many units have a fixed pan within the AC that will need to be replaced by a professional if the pan becomes damaged.
Just like a clogged air filter can cause the evaporator coil to freeze due to a lack of airflow, low refrigerant levels can cause the evaporator coil to freeze due to poor pressure in the AC system.
If the refrigerant is low, you’ll probably also notice that the AC isn’t running quite as efficiently or is making a few odd sounds.
Need an Air Conditioning Repair Professional?
Air conditioning repair can be simple but, more often than not, repairs are far from simple.
If replacing your air filter or other easy fixes don’t seem to be working, it may be time to call in a pro. Get in touch with us today if your AC is leaking water or causing other problems.