As many people likely noticed, below the air conditioning unit is a small collection of water. During normal function, the air conditioner does produce water and expels it during the process. Unfortunately, this water can potentially lead to leaks if it is not properly expelled. The majority of it is released and flushed away though some of the water is used to assist in the cooling process. Today, we at Hal Mechanical would like to address a little bit more to the condensation that evolves from the air conditioner and the potential leaks that can occur.
Air Conditioner Performance
The air is cooled by the air conditioner with the help of refrigeration. One set kept hot and the other cool, the condensers inside the unit are connected with two sets of coils. The coils are cooled as the chemicals inside the coils evaporate and condense on a continuous cycle. The air blowing over them is cool and the cooled coils are able to force the moisture from the air as the air condenses on the coils. The water will re-evaporate, and the excess water is drained out of the unit to help maintain the cool coils. When the air conditioner produces the water, you can have the confidence the air conditioner is working properly. The air conditioner is likely to have an issue when the water that is running into areas that it is not normal or freezing on the coils or it the water is absent all together. The amount of water in the air are the higher humidity levels, air conditioners are used to combat the summer temperatures. As the air conditioners removes excess moisture and heat from the air, the indoor air is made more comfortable.
Leaking Air Conditioner
In the event the extra water is not flowing through the designated drain line, you have a leak or other issue listed below.
Clogged Drain Line. If the drain line is clogged and the water continues to collect, leaks and other water damaging issues can develop. When you suspect a clog, you will need to clean the drain line or contact a pro for assistance to ensure efficient performance.
Frozen Coils. When ice forms over the coils there is a significant impact to the air conditioner’s performance. It can happen for quite a few reasons, and ice or frozen coils is never good. While you wait, flip off the unit until the ice melts, take this opportunity to check the filters and replace them if they filled to capacity. To ensure there are no clogs, also inspect the drain line and clean them if you believe there is a plug. Call for professional assistance if when you turn the unit on again and monitor the coils refreeze. Turn the unit on again and monitor the coils, if they refreeze, your home can be uncomfortably warm.