Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking?
Is your air conditioner leaking water?
Air conditioning systems are a large part of our everyday lives.
They keep us cool, comfortable, and even sane for those who can’t handle the heat, but what do you do when something goes wrong?
Air conditioning units require regular maintenance and care for proper performance.
When that doesn’t happen, you begin to experience poor operation, malfunctions, breakdowns, and even a rise in your electric bill.
Problems like air conditioning leaks aren’t uncommon and can be caused by several different issues.
The question is… what’s causing the leak and what you should do about it.
In this article, we will be discussing several reasons your air conditioning system may be leaking water.
So hang tight, throw down a couple of towels, and follow along.
Common Causes of Air Conditioning Leaks
A Disconnected Drain line
If your air conditioner was improperly installed, the drain line can loosen over time, become completely disconnected, and leak in unwanted areas.
Condensate pump malfunction
Condensate pumps are designed to pump excess water out of your air conditioner’s condenser pan. If the condensate pump malfunctions or gets broken, your condenser pan will begin to fill with drainage, causing overflows and leaks.
Filthy or damaged coils
Neglecting your annual HVAC maintenance will result in clogged, dirty, and even damaged coils. When your air conditioning unit’s drainage cannot properly travel down the coils into the drain pan (due to damage or debris build-up), the water is diverted into another direction, resulting in leaks.
Frozen evaporator coil
Do you see layers of ice over your unit’s evaporator coils?
Frozen coils (caused by restricted airflow or refrigerant leaks) are a common cause of air conditioning leaks. Although common, if your air conditioning system remains frozen for too long, it can fry your unit’s compressor, which isn’t a cheap fix.
Clogged condensate drain line
Air conditioning condensate lines can become clogged by algae, fungi, and other forms of debris, which can easily cause drainage build-ups resulting in leaks from your air conditioning system.
Rusted drain pan
Your air conditioning unit’s drain pan collects all of the system’s excess drain-fluid. If the pan becomes clogged or rusted out, you can expect drainage overflows and leaks to occur.
If your drain pan is rusted out or missing, it will need to be replaced to manage your HVAC’s drainage properly.
Dirty air filter
Dirty air filters can cause a lot of problems for your HVAC system.
If your air filter accumulates debris build-up and becomes even partially clogged, it can cause your evaporator coils to freeze over, which will result in excess water drainage and leaking from your air conditioning system.
For clogged and dirty air filters, change the filter and give your unit some time to acclimate and regulate airflow again.
It is essential to replace your HVAC unit’s air filter at least once a month for proper airflow and optimal cooling performance throughout the life of your system.
Leaking AC Unit? Call Cruz!
If you are experiencing a leaking air conditioner, you should call a professional AC technician for a thorough assessment and problem diagnosis.
At Cruz Air & Electric, we specialize in ensuring our customers get the best out of their HVAC systems.
With nearly 40 years of expert experience, your comfort is our top priority. Please don’t wait for problems to arise, call our professionals today to keep your system in tip-top shape!