The winter months are coming to an end and the warmer weather seems to be on the horizon. The weather change is a great time to start to think about your AC system. You have likely been using your heater for months and when you switch over to your AC you need to know what to be on the lookout for. The air conditioner has been sitting dormant for months and when you start to use it again you may start to notice that there are issues. One of the issues that you want to be on the look for is if you notice that you hear water running or dripping when you use your AC unit. The warmer weather means that you likely will use more water and the kids might have the hose on but it should not sound like it is coming from the AC unit. There are several reasons that you may start to hear dripping or water sounds. Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning outlines what can cause your air conditioning unit to sound like there is water coming from it.
Does the AC Need Water to Run?
The fact is that in the hot weather your air conditioner is created cooled air so that it can create a temperature that you want in your house. This process of pulling heat from the house and cooling it can create what is called condensation. This is the same thing that happens to your cold glass of water when you are in a warmer environment. The condensation is normal but if you start to see that there is water build up, or dripping it is a sign that there is a problem. You want to be sure that you have a professional come out and maintain as well as repair what the issue might be.
Need to Unclog AC Condensate Drain Line
One of the things that you are sure to find being a problem when you have a leak of water around your AC unit is from the condensation line. This line has a job to do and if line becomes clogged or damaged it will not be able to do that. The line is supposed to work to take the water or condensation that will be created and move it to an area called the drip pan. This is away from the unit so that it does not cause any damage. The line can become clogged with debris, dirt or dust. It can also have an issue with damage if the line has been broken in any way. You want to make sure that the line has been cleared or the line has been replaced by a professional.
Low On Refrigerant
You also want to make sure that if you are hearing water dripping you have the refrigerant checked. The refrigerant is something that has to be full so that it can create the cooling sensation that is needed. When it is too low you are going to find that the unit will not pull the heat from the house and cool the air properly. One of the signs is that there is a buildup of water that can start to drip. You can have the refrigerant checked through routine maintenance or as a repair.