Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?
From time to time, you may notice that your air conditioner is leaking water. Depending on your system, this may or may not be a problem. It’s important to understand why your AC unit leaks water and what you can do about it.
In this guide, we’ll talk about why an air conditioner may leak water and how to know if there are any problems with your AC unit.
How Air Conditioners Create Condensation
The water leaking out of an air conditioner is condensation. The AC unit brings in warm air from outside and blows it over the evaporator coils, creating cool air inside the home. This temperature difference between the warm and cool coils creates condensation. It works just the same as the water that forms on a cold glass of water.
This condensation has to go somewhere, so it drips into a pan that leads to a pipe that drips outside of your home. That way, the water doesn’t cause any issues for your home or AC unit. In an ideal situation, AC condensation will flow into the drainage pan, down the pipe, and out to an inconspicuous spot near your outdoor AC unit.
When AC Condensation Becomes a Problem
Every air conditioner creates condensation, but it’s important that it flows out of the home. An AC unit that leaks inside the home can cause:
- Mold development at the dripping site
- Damage to wood, carpet, or other surfaces
- A bad smell inside the home
- Permanent damage to the AC unit
It’s crucial to ensure your AC unit sends condensation outside the home. The drip or flow of condensation may not seem like much of a problem, but it can cause serious issues over time.
What if My Air Conditioner Doesn’t Leak?
If your air conditioner is not leaking outside, the condensation still needs to go somewhere. When your AC unit doesn’t seem to be leaking, it’s likely because the condensation pipe is clogged. A professional HVAC technician can clear the line for you.
A clogged condensation pipe can also be the reason an AC unit will drip into the home. The sooner the line can be cleared, the better for the system and your home.
Several other factors could lead to condensation issues for an air conditioner. Just a few problems include:
- Dirty air filters that need replacing
- Low levels of coolant or refrigerant
- An old drainage pan or pipe
- A broken condensation pump
An HVAC technician can look over your entire AC system to determine the root cause of the condensation drainage issue and provide the necessary repairs or replacements.
Schedule AC Repair Service from Grapids
Grapids has provided top-quality HVAC services for over two decades throughout the Grand Rapids, MI, region. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians can get to the bottom of any air conditioner issue. When your AC unit is leaking and you need the line unclogged, give us a call.
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