Is your air conditioner leaking water now?
If yes, you need to take the necessary steps to fix this issue immediately. You don’t want to keep cleaning puddles of water on your floor. In addition, leaking water can also cause expensive damage to your walls, ceilings, floors and furnishings.
If your AC unit is leaking water, your HVAC specialist will initially perform the following basic steps:
Find out if your unit has a leak or condensation.
If your unit is dripping just small amounts or drops of water, it may be simply showing a little condensation and this is part of the system’s job. However, if your unit is leaking water in copious amounts (and not just drops), this can mean that a drain line is clogged, causing your condensate pan to overflow.
To remedy this problem, the drain lines have to be cleaned so that the flow of water can be restored properly from the condensate pan. In addition, this practice can help keep your coils from freezing up and ensure the removal of molds and bacteria that can contaminate your airstream.
Look for frozen evaporator coils.
Another important consideration when your AC is leaking water is to check your evaporator coil. This is the air conditioner part that looks like a coiled tube with fins. The AC technician will check if it is covered with ice. If yes, the AC should be turned off immediately.
Ice on coils can put your unit in danger of failure and the water leak probably comes from the melting ice. If this is the case, you have a big problem which only an HVAC expert will be able to handle; this is an AC issue you cannot handle on your own. Regardless of the extent of the ice you may see covering coil, do not chip this away using a sharp object since you can damage the coil fins which are sensitive.
Check for damaged insulation.
Another possible reason behind an air conditioner leaking water is damaged insulation. Coils are covered with insulation to keep the accumulated condensation flowing down the coil. However, when the insulation has cracks or holes, water can drip from the coil instead of flowing as it should. If this is the case, you also need to call a professional to repair or replace the damaged insulation.
Get expert help.
An AC unit that is leaking water is a problem that you should not ignore or simply wait to disappear. Call the pros immediately to help keep the issue from further worsening.