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:
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.
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