Spotting excessive water leakage from your air conditioner is a clear indication of a drainage issue, which requires immediate attention. When your air conditioner has developed too much condensation or water, it can lead to serious water damages, as well as the development of mold and decay. It is important to determine how and why your air conditioner is leaking excessive amounts of water. Hal Mechanical would like to share what may be causing your air conditioner to leak or drip and what you need to do to stop it.
Understanding AC Condensation
It helps to know that water or the condensation in an air conditioner is a standard occurrence. Condensation is a natural byproduct of the cooling process that forms during the air conditioning cycle. Air conditioners are equipped with a drainage system designed to channel the water safely away from your home. The air conditioner’s drainage system is simple but very important to prevent water damage within the home. When water leakage occurs from the air conditioner or its drainage system, it is a signal of trouble. These leaks can be very detrimental, potentially causing water damage, which needs immediate attention.
Possible Causes of Water Leakage from Air Conditioner
Malfunctioning Drainage System: The most common reason for water leakage from an air conditioner is a malfunctioning drainage system. Clogs can develop within the drainage system, obstructing the water’s exit route. This blockage often occurs within the pipe at the drainage hole in the condensate pan and must be cleared to restore proper drainage. Additionally, if the condensate pan or trap has become damaged or rusted to the point of creating a hole or crack, water might leak before reaching the drainage system. You will need to have the drainage pan replaced to prevent further leakage.
Ice On Air Conditioner: Dirty air filters or low refrigerant can also lead to water leakage from your air conditioner. Both of these conditions can cause ice to accumulate on the evaporator coils, which is not normal. As the ice melts, the water is not collected as it should be, resulting in pooling. Depending on your air conditioner’s design, you might notice puddles on the roof, in the attic, or on the floor. In these cases, you should replace your filters promptly and seek professional help for any refrigerant leakage.
Condensate Pump Failure: Additionally, if your condensate pump, which is responsible for removing condensation from a basement-installed air conditioners, is defective, it can result in leaks. If the pump isn’t functioning, condensation can overflow from the condensate pan. In such instances, a pump replacement will be necessary. However in Nevada, basements are rare and most air conditioner unit will either be on the roof or the attic.
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Water leakage from an air conditioner that is not being correctly drained can cause serious issues such as mold, mildew, and structural damage to your home. Immediate action is needed to prevent water related damage to your home. For assistance with leaks or HVAC repairs, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts, contact Hal Mechanical today.