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What Does It Mean When your AC Leaks Water?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jun 28, 2019 7:18:00 PM

Is your AC leaking water inside your home?

First thing to do if your AC is leaking water inside your home is to turn it off to avoid damage. Most of the dripping from cooling units is condensed water vapor that comes from the air inside your home. In an AC unit that is working properly, the water drips down from the coils into a condensate pan. It then exits through a drain or tube.

If you have a clog in the drain or tube, it can cause water to accumulate inside the unit. This can then lead to the growth of harmful bacteria. Determining the cause of the water leak and fixing it are essential.  Here are some issues that may be causing your problem:

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Clogged condensate drain line

The most common issue is a clogged condensate drain line. The drain line can often get clogged with dust, dirt, sludge or mold. This results in water backing up into your home.  If this is your problem, you will need to unclog it.

There are several methods for unclogging such as using a wet/dry vac on the condensate line. However, the best method is to have a certified tech use a special vacuum to clear the blockage.

Damaged or rusty drain pan

Older units often have damaged or rusted out drain pans. If your unit is older than 10 years, this may be the issue. Replacing the pan will fix this problem

Broken condensate pump

If your furnace and indoor AC unit are installed in the basement, there is a condensate pump that pumps the water to the outside of your home. If the pump is broken, the water isn’t being pumped to the outside. You will need to repair or replace the pump.

Dirty air filter

Dirty air filters can cause many problems in your HVAC system. A dirty air filter blocks airflow over the evaporator coil. This causes the evaporator coil to get too cold and freeze. As it melts, it drips an excessive amount of water that the pan is often unable to handle. Proper HVAC maintenance includes changing your air filter monthly. 

Low refrigerant

Your system's pressure will lower if the refrigerant is low. This will cause the evaporator coil to freeze over. When the coil melts, water overflows the drain pan. There a several signs that your unit is low on refrigerant when. If you happen to notice warm air coming from the registers and ducts, you are probably low on coolant. This can cause the recirculated air to remain warm and cause your air conditioner to take much longer to cool.

An early sign that your compressor is working extra hard and you may be low on refrigerant is a spike in your electric bill during AC season.

Most Freon loss is due to small leaks in a worn line. Finding and fixing a Freon leak should be left to the experts. Finding a leak can be difficult, and without the proper training of an HVAC technician, you may be subjecting yourself to extra work and expenses. Working with Freon in any capacity, is best left to the experts.

Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning has been a leader in AC repair in the Central Ohio community for over 20 years. Our team of factory trained technicians can help you with your air conditioning repairs or replacement. We can inspect your system for leaks, replace the Freon and have your system cooling your home again quickly. 

Do you have a  broken air conditioner? Give us a call at 614-863-6666 for service

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What Does it Mean When Your AC Unit is Leaking Water?

Posted by Ohio Heating

May 28, 2019 11:43:21 AM

Is your central air conditioner leaking water? Did you know that your AC system can produce a lot of water in a day...as much as 20 gallons. We get many service requests at Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning for AC repairs due to leaking water caused by condensation. Leaks can occur if the condensate drain is blocked or clogged, the air filter is dirty, and or if there is a hole in the drain pan. 

The drain line of your air conditioner can fill with dust particles and bacteria. This can result in mold and mildew growing in the condensation drain. AC repair 2019Mold in the condensate drain system is especially dangerous.  A mold colony can disperse spores into the airflow in the supply ducts, and contaminate your entire home. People with allergies and other respiratory conditions are especially prone to suffer when this occurs.

Over time the drain will become blocked. The result is flooding of the overflow pan and possible water damage inside your home. During the colder months when your  air conditioning system is not in use, especially for non-heat pump systems that perform cooling only, condensate and accumulated dust and debris that rests in the drain trap can convert to a dried blockage.

To help prevent the buildup and blockage of the condensate drain line, there are a few various methods of cleaning an air conditioner drain line. The two most popular methods are pouring white vinegar or chlorine bleach in the drain line to clear clogs. We don't recommend you pour chlorine bleach into a drain line. The strong vapors can cause premature oxidation and degrade your pipes.

Residential condensate drain lines are most often constructed of PVC. Chlorine bleach can quickly eat away at the PVC as well as the glue and cement that joins the line to the fittings and the condensate pan. Pouring bleach into a condensate drain will flush the drain pipe and its contents to the outside of the home. This can damage plants, lawns and anything it drips or spills on.

If the blockage does not clear after flushing with vinegar, a wet-vac or air compressor can be used to help clear the clog. Be extra careful. Damage can occur to your system if not carried out properly. Should you damage the PVC pipe, it could lead to water damage.

Flushing your system with vinegar or using an air compressor cannot solve the problem for every homeowner.  Air conditioning systems are not all installed the same way. Often gaining access to the condensate line can be very difficult and an experienced technician is needed. 

Preventing condensate blockage depends on how well your system is cared for and how often you replace the filter. Regular service and HVAC maintenance is always recommended every six months for optimal performance and to extend the life of your equipment. If you need help, give us a call. We can help you maintain your cooling system.

Maintaining your cooling system will result in:

  • Increased Efficiency
  • Quieter Operation
  • Fewer Opportunities for Breakdowns
  • Greater Peace of Mind                                        

Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning can help you keep your system in optimal condition. Just give us a call to schedule AC maintenance check today!

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Reasons Your AC Isn't Keeping You Cool

Posted by Ohio Heating

May 9, 2019 10:11:45 AM

The warm days are here and many of our customers are turning on their air conditioning units for the first time and finding that their equipment isn't lowering the temperature in their home. Here are a few reasons why your AC may not be cooling your home.  dog in front of fan

1.  The air filter is dirty. This is the most common problem. The air filter needs to be changed regularly. Dirty filters restrict the airflow to you AC and less airflow into your AC means less cool air makes it into your house.

2.  A dirty condenser.  The outside unit or condenser can get blocked with dirt, leaves, grass and other debris. If the condenser is blocked, it can’t get rid of the heat efficiently. This creates a major problem for your air conditioner. When it can’t get rid of the heat, it can’t cool your home.

3.  Your AC is low on refrigerant. If there’s not enough refrigerant in the unit, your home won’t be cooled well. Keep in mind, refrigerant is not “used up” like gas in a car.  It’s supposed to be recirculated throughout your AC system. If you need to add more, it means you have a leak. Fix the leak or expect to add more refrigerant soon and that can become costly. Refrigerant leaks need to be repaired by a professional AC repair technician.

4. Your ducts are leaking. The air ducts carry cooled air into your home. When they leak, your AC may be working just fine, but all the cooled air may be going to your attic, basement or crawl space instead of into your living space. 

Regular maintenance can help you identify many of these issues and resolve them before they become major problems. Maintaining your cooling system doesn't have to be expensive! An annual tune-up can extend the life of your equipment and help you avoid costly repairs. Just like taking the time to tune-up your car, regular preventative HVAC maintenance is the best way to save time and money.

If you need your AC repaired contact Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning. Our technicians are NATE certified and undergo 100 hours of company-paid training a year to guarantee they remain the best in our industry. You can rest assured that our service technicians will complete the job right.

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Why an AC Tune-Up is a Great Idea!

Posted by Ohio Heating

Mar 24, 2019 1:29:37 PM

You've been told it is a good idea to get your air conditioning unit checked annually, but is it really necessary? If energy efficiency and your family's comfort are important, then you shouldn't skip this important annual tune-up.

Here are a few reasons an annual tune-up is important: AC repair !A

1. In Ohio, most people haven't run their AC for a few months. A spring tune up will give you peace of mind that when you do flip the switch, everything is working.

2. Regular maintenance is almost always less costly than a repair job and an annual tune-up can catch small issues before they become big expensive ones. 

3. Regular maintenance extends the life of your equipment. A central air conditioner or heat pump isn't cheap, so you want to be sure it lasts as long as possible.

4. Regular maintenance can lower your energy costs by making sure your equipment is operating at maximum efficiency. Who wants to waste money on high energy bills?

5. Neglecting regular maintenance can void your warranty. Most new air conditioners come with a limited warranty from the manufacturer.  However, your warranty may require you to keep your AC maintained. Many companies won’t provide replacement parts unless your air conditioner was regularly maintained by an HVAC professional.

It's natural that many people don’t think about their air conditioners until there is a problem. But thinking ahead, can insure your equipment is working when you need it. Schedule now and avoid the rush rush when the first warm days hit.

Ready to schedule AC maintenance?
Trust your next tune up to a licensed, NATE certified Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning technician. We have over 20 years of experience in maintenance, installation and air conditioning repair Columbus and the surrounding areas.

We’re also A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau, so you can be assured that we provide quality, value and most importantly comfort.

During the hot summer months, you want your cooling system ready to handle the heat. Our AC Tune-Up will insure your system is working to keep your family cool.

Our air conditioner maintenance tune-up will result in:  $89 circle

Increased Efficiency
Quieter Operation
Fewer Opportunities for Breakdowns
Greater Peace of Mind

Our Air Conditioning System Special Includes: 

Check electric disconnect switch
Check temperature drop across coils
Check condensate drain
Clean condensing coil to improve efficiency
Check fuses
Check thermostat operation
Check starting contractor and relays
Check amp draw of condenser, fan motor, and compressor
Check refrigerant pressure

Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning the leading HVAC contractor for AC repair, maintenance and installation. 

WE SERVICE ALL MAKES & MODELS

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Is Your Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

Posted by Ohio Heating

Jun 28, 2017 2:32:00 PM

Is your AC leaking water inside your home?

First thing to do if your AC is leaking water inside your home is to turn it off to avoid damage. Most of the dripping from cooling units is condensed water vapor that comes from the air inside your home. In an AC unit that is working properly, the water drips down from the coils into a condensate pan. It then exits through a drain or tube.

If you have a clog in the drain or tube, it can cause water to accumulate inside the unit. This can then lead to the growth of harmful bacteria. Determining the cause of the water leak and fixing it are essential.  Here are some issues that may be causing your problem:

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Clogged condensate drain line

The most common issue is a clogged condensate drain line. The drain line can often get clogged with dust, dirt, sludge or mold. This results in water backing up into your home.  If this is your problem, you will need to unclog it.

There are several methods for unclogging such as using a wet/dry vac on the condensate line. However, the best method is to have a certified tech use a special vacuum to clear the blockage.

Damaged or rusty drain pan

Older units often have damaged or rusted out drain pans. If your unit is older than 10 years, this may be the issue. Replacing the pan will fix this problem

Broken condensate pump

If your furnace and indoor AC unit are installed in the basement, there is a condensate pump that pumps the water to the outside of your home. If the pump is broken, the water isn’t being pumped to the outside. You will need to repair or replace the pump.

Dirty air filter

Dirty air filters can cause many problems in your HVAC system. A dirty air filter blocks airflow over the evaporator coil. This causes the evaporator coil to get too cold and freeze. As it melts, it drips an excessive amount of water that the pan is often unable to handle. Proper HVAC maintenance includes changing your air filter monthly. 

Low refrigerant

Your system's pressure will lower if the refrigerant is low. This will cause the evaporator coil to freeze over. When the coil melts, water overflows the drain pan. There a several signs that your unit is low on refrigerant when. If you happen to notice warm air coming from the registers and ducts, you are probably low on coolant. This can cause the recirculated air to remain warm and cause your air conditioner to take much longer to cool.

An early sign that your compressor is working extra hard and you may be low on refrigerant is a spike in your electric bill during AC season.

Most Freon loss is due to small leaks in a worn line. Finding and fixing a Freon leak should be left to the experts. Finding a leak can be difficult, and without the proper training of an HVAC technician, you may be subjecting yourself to extra work and expenses. Working with Freon in any capacity, is best left to the experts.

Ohio Heating & Air Conditioning has been a leader in AC repair in the Central Ohio community for over 20 years. Our team of factory trained technicians can help you with your air conditioning repairs or replacement. We can inspect your system for leaks, replace the Freon and have your system cooling your home again quickly. Do you have a  broken air conditioner? Give us a call at 614-863-6666 for service

Contact Us Now!


 

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Topics: AC maintenance, AC leaking water

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