A leaky air conditioner is an issue that requires immediate attention, or you’ll risk the expense of water damage inside your home.
Sources of water leaks
There are multiple factors that can cause water leaks in an air conditioner, and some of these may not be a sign of system malfunction. However, leaks are often caused by more serious issues that eventually require the expertise of a heating and cooling professional.
These are common sources for leaky air conditioners:
- Blockages in the condensate lines caused by algae growth, mold and mildew growth, mineral deposits, solidified debris, and even rodent and insect debris.
- Poor installation of HVAC equipment may contribute to water leaks.
- Overworked and/or ill-maintained components lead to excess water and debris in the system, which may cause ice accumulation on the indoor evaporator and overwork your air conditioner.
- The end of the condensate line is submerged in water causing an air lock, which prevents drainage.
Prevention of water leaks
There are ways to prevent water leaks that you may attempt, before you call an HVAC professional for help.
The most important prevention tip is to schedule annual A/C service. An HVAC pro will perform the following tasks (and more):
- Clean heat-exchanger coils.
- Check for blockages in the condensate line.
- Check electrical components.
- Check for refrigerant leaks.
- Check refrigerant levels.
- Inspect outdoor unit for airflow blockages.
The following do-it-yourself tips can also help prevent water leaks:
- Check and change out the air filter regularly. This saves energy, and decreases the load on your air conditioner.
- Make sure the condensate line is not kinked, pinched or obstructed.
- If you have condensation on the unit’s cabinet or plenum, there may be excess moisture in the air. Consider a portable or whole-house dehumidifier.
- If the end of the condensate line is submerged, you may cut it so that it stays clear of the accumulated water.
- Black condensate lines inhibit algae growth. Consider changing your clear line to a black hose during your next service call.
A little air conditioner care can prevent major expenses from water damage. Contact Robert R. McGill Air Conditioning to schedule service. For over 30 years, we’ve served homeowners in northern Broward, eastern Palm Beach and southern Martin counties.
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