You should never see water around the indoor unit of you air conditioner. If you see this, there is probably a drip, a leak or an issue with draining. The problem could be a simple fix so there’s no need to panic.
How a Central Air Conditioner Works
When the air conditioner is cooling your home, the evaporator coil and the suction line sweats. The black insulation works to keep the condensation from dripping. Open seams can occur when the insulation is missing or there are open seams. All you need to do is make sure the insulation joints are butted-up together tightly and taped well. During the summer months in the Las Vegas desert, our AC is working overtime. A lot of condensation will form and run down the coil into a pan and out to the drain. There are three places that this water can drain. It will either drain into the ground, outside the house or into a condensate pump.
Other Reasons Air Conditioner is Leaking Water Inside
After it has drained, the pump will take the water outside the house or into a plumbing drain. The coil in your ac should be cleaned annually to prevent the dirt from keeping the water from running down the coil and drip onto the floor. Making sure the coil is clean will also allow your unit to run efficiently. Dirt left on the coil will mix with water and go into the pan, the drain, and other areas where it will cause problems. The most common place for a clog is the bottom of the trap. A long flexible cleaning brush is all you need to get it clean. Follow up with water being flushed through it and you will have it running like new again. Keep in mind that only a little bit of dirt is needed to clog a drain. Another reason you may have issues is if the coil actually ices up. It will start to drip on the floor as it melts. As with the water, you should never notice ice anywhere on your system when it’s in the cooling mode. It’s important to remember that these issues will occur at any time and not just the summer months. Furnaces also produce condensation. When the unit is heating it will also have to drain the water. Many parts of the unit can drip, crack, leak and end up causing water to leak. The central humidifier can be a source of leaks too.
DIY AC Maintenance VS Hiring Professional HVAC Contractors
There are many things that homeowners are able to take care of on their own. These include taking care of the insulation lines, making sure the condensate pump is clear, moving the drain line if necessary, checking for clogs from dirt and checking for a leaking boiler drain. You will need the help of professionals if you have a blocked condensate pan, trap or drain, blocked pump tubing, a frozen indoor coil because of a malfunction which is causing melting ice to drip, a faulty evaporator coil, broken fittings or joints that have become unglued, furnace tubes that are cracked or kinked or a faulty condensate pump.
Air Conditioning Services in Las Vegas Valley, Summerlin, North LV & Henderson Nevada
If your A/C unit is leaking, contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning to assess your problem and come up with a solution. Having your HVAC unit in the attic makes it even more important in the prevention of leaks otherwise the leaks will cause damage to your home!