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September 7, 2015
Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?
When water leaks from an air conditioning system, it can be rather alarming. As water pools on your floor, your main concern is solving the problem quickly. But you may also be a little confused. What caused the problem in the first place? Why would an air conditioner have water in it? And can you fix the issue on your own? We’ve got answers to these questions and more in today’s short guide.
Where Is the Water Coming From?
Water forms on an air conditioner as an expected part of the refrigeration process. The evaporator coil of your AC system cools down immensely as the refrigerant inside absorbs heat. When warm, humid air blows over this coil from inside of your home, condensation can collect outside of this coil.
But this water usually has somewhere to go. The water drips into a tray and flows into a hole that leads to a drain pipe. The condensate should drain outdoors, unless there is something wrong. The drain pan could be misaligned, cracked or corroded, the drain line may be clogged, or there could be a more serious issue, and you’ll need a professional to know for sure.
What Should You Do?
The very first step you should take is turning off your AC system. After that, you may need to call a technician if you don’t have the right equipment. But if you have a shop vac at home, you can connect this to the PVC drain line outside where the condensate drains. Sometimes, the problem is caused by condensate drain clogs that back up water and force it to overflow into the home. When the drain is cleared, try turning the air conditioner on again and see if this solves the problem.
If this does not correct the initial issue, or if you don’t have the tools or experience to try it on your own, do not hesitate to call a professional. You should not continue to run your air conditioning system if it is leaking. It could cause damage to your property, or even to the AC system. An expert can determine the exact source of the problem and will take the right steps to restore the system to normal operation.
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