During humid or cloudy days, you may notice your air conditioner is dripping more water than normal. It is normal for an air conditioner to drip out water especially during cloudy, humid days. However, excessive amounts of water dripping from your air conditioner isn’t normal and especially if the water leak isn’t coming from the drain. Hal Mechanical will share what can cause major leaking from the air conditioner, and when to seek professional HVAC repairs.
Clogged AC Drain Line
One of the most common reasons why an air conditioner will leak is when the condensate’s drainage system develops a blockage or a clog. During the cooling process the evaporator unit will cause condensation to develop. The condensation will drip water off of the evaporator coils and into the condensate drain pan. The condensation will make its way through the pan’s drain and through a piping system that directs the water away from the home. This is normal and is what should happen. However, if a clog develops inside the drainage pipe and a blockage occurs at the drain pan, then the water will fill up and leak out of the pan. The pan isn’t very deep and it will not take long for the pan to fill up and leak out. The pan’s drainage should be checked first for any blockages. If there isn’t any blockages inside the pan, there is most likely a clog in the pipe. If the pipe line has a clog, it is best to have a professional come and clear out your condensation drainage system.
Rusty Condensate Pan
The condensate drain pan, or also known as the tray, is made of steel. Over time the steel pan or tray can rust and the rust can eat through the pan developing little holes. When the condensate pan has rust eaten holes, the water will run out and leak, causing water damage in the ceiling. When the pan develops rust, it will need to be replaced to prevent the leaking.
Frozen Evaporator Coils
The evaporator coil collects a lot of condensation where the water will slowly drip into the drainage pan and through the drainage system. When the evaporator coils develop ice, the ice will melt and sometimes the melting ice will not be captured by the condensate pan. The leaking from the ice isn’t the major issue. The issue is why the evaporator coil developed the ice that should not have been there. The evaporator coil will ice up when the coils are dirty, when there is a refrigerant leak or even if there is an air flow restriction problem. You will need to determine what caused the ice to form on the evaporator coils to prevent future water leaks and even future failure of the air conditioner.
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As long as the air conditioner is leaking water from the drainage pipe, you do not have any major problem to be worried about. However, if there are leaks around the air conditioner or along the ceiling you will need to have your air conditioner checked by a professional and have the problem resolved. For HVAC repair services, contact Hal Mechanical today.