Central air conditioning is an essential part of interior home comfort during the warm summer months. Once you’ve gotten used to having it, living without it feels impossible! Air conditioning units are designed to spread cool air throughout your home to achieve the desired temperature on the thermostat. Unfortunately, air conditioning systems are at risk of having issues from time to time, just like any other feature in your home. Air conditioning issues don’t always mean there’s no cold air circulating in the house, but that doesn’t mean there’s not an issue! One of the most common problems homeowners see from their air conditioning system is leaking water. If you’ve found leaking water around your air conditioner, don’t panic! Multiple things could be the cause, so let’s break them down one at a time.
Clogged Condensation Line
Air conditioning units have a feature called a condensation line. That line carries any condensation that the team produces safely outside of your home to drain. Over time, a condensation line can become clogged. A clogged condensation line can cause a water leak inside the house since the condensation doesn’t have anywhere else to drain. Condensation line clogs can sometimes be cleared using a wet/dry vac, but more severe clogs will require the help of an HVAC professional.
Dirty HVAC Filter
Your HVAC filter should ideally be changed twice a year. If you can’t remember the last time you changed it, that’s a possible cause of the water leak. HVAC filters become clogged with dust, dirt, and other debris inside the home ventilation system. When the filter isn’t changed, air can’t flow properly from the AC system throughout the vents in your home. That backed-up cold air can quickly cause excess moisture and ultimately a water leak.
Old Drain Pan
Your AC system has a drain to catch water runoff that doesn’t go down the condensation line. Over time those drain pans can become rusted, cracked, and unreliable. Inspect your drain pan for signs of wear and tear. If the pan can’t hold water without leaking, it needs to be replaced.
Low Refrigerant Levels
AC units have refrigerant inside of them. That’s what helps to cool the air before it’s circulated in your home. An AC unit with low refrigerant levels is prone to water leaks, but it’s easy to fix the problem! An HVAC technician can assess and repair your unit as long as you catch early warning signs of low refrigerant levels, such as a water leak.
Contact High Efficiency LLC today to schedule your consultation with an HVAC specialist! Hot summer weather isn’t over yet, so it’s a great time to ensure your air conditioner is in good condition.