If you notice your air conditioner is leaking a lot of water, you will need to take steps to correct this problem. Excessive water leakage is a sign of a drainage problem. If the drainage problem is left neglected, the leaking will continue leading to water damage, mold and rot. If you notice your air conditioner is leaking water, Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning will help you troubleshoot the problem and what needs to be done to correct this problem.
Why Does an Air Conditioner Produce Water?
First, it is important to know that an air conditioner will cause water to develop in the form of condensation. Condensation forms during the cooling process and is completely normal. Because condensation is a natural byproduct of the cooling system, there is a drainage system that is designed to collect and direct the water away from the home. When water leaks develop around the air conditioner or from the drainage system, you know there is a problem. Excessive water leaks in not good and can lead to water damages. When leaking from the air conditioner occurs, it needs to be investigated so the problem can be corrected.
What is Reason for Leakage of Water from AC?
One of the first culprits to an air conditioner leaking water, is the drainage system. The drainage system can develop clogs which will prevent the water from draining out. A clog can occur within the piping section at the drainage hole inside the condensate pan. The clog will need to be cleared out to restore the flow of the drainage system. In some cases the condensate pan or trap may be damaged. If it has rust that has eaten a hole or produced a crack, the water may leak out before entering the drainage system. Another reason why your air conditioner may be leaking is when you have dirty air filters or low refrigerant. Both dirty filters and low refrigerant will cause ice to form along the evaporator coils. Ice shouldn’t develop on the evaporator coils, and when the ice melts the water isn’t properly collected. The water will melt and fall, leaving behind puddles. Depending on the type of air conditioning you have, you may have a puddle on your roof, in the attic, or along the floor. Make sure to change out your filters and if you have a refrigerant leak, seek proper repairs. Lastly, if your condensate pump is broken, this can also cause leaks. For an air conditioner unit installed in the basement, the condensation is collected and pumped outside of the home. If the pump isn’t working the condensation will eventually leak out of the condensate pan. If this is the case, you will need to have your condensate pump replaced.
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If your air conditioner is leaking water that is not being properly drained away from your home, you will need to correct this problem quickly. The leak can lead to major problems such as mold, mildew, wood rot and other damages to your home. If you have a leak or need HVAC repair services, contact Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning today.