If you are looking around your air conditioner to see water leaking—or lightly pouring—outside of your unit, you may get slightly concerned. Seeing all this liquid coming out of your unit might send you into a panic. The good news is there are things you can check and maybe even fix yourself so your AC unit is safe and working properly.
Where Is the Water Coming From?
You may be wondering how water even occurred inside your AC unit. This water is condensation that occurs when your air conditioner pulls the humidity from the air. Usually you do not see this condensation as it should be exiting outside your home or into your homes plumbing. When you do see water leaking from your system it is a good idea to check it out.
What to Do When Water is Leaking from Your Air Conditioner
The first thing you should do if you see water coming from your unit or pooling around your unit is to turn your AC unit off. This water could cause problems with the electronic parts inside your air conditioner.
You may be seeing water for many reasons, let’s look at these reasons and what you can do about it.
- Condensate Drain Line Issues. If your condensate drain line is clogged this can cause water to back up and start pouring back around your unit. This can happen due to dirt, bugs, mold and debris. You can use a wet-dry vacuum to help disperse the clog or you can call an expert to have your drain line unclogged. It is a good idea not to stick sharp objects into the drain line to try and get rid of the clog, you may end up doing more damage.
- Drain Pan Issues. If the drain pan is clogged or it has rusted out, this can cause water to flow over and onto the ground. If the drain pan is rusted it will need to be replaced. If the drain pan is clogged, you may be able to clean out the drain pan yourself by removing any build up.
- Evaporator Coil. A dirty evaporator coil can also cause leaks. This can happen when dirt mixes with water and makes its way onto your coil. If you have a dirty coil you will need a professional to help clean the coil. Yearly maintenance can also help prevent this issue.
- Installation Issues. If you have just had a new air conditioning unit installed and it is leaking it may be due to faulty installation. If the condensate trap was not designed or installed correctly there will be drainage problems. This will cause water build up and overflowing water. If this is the case you will need a professional to fix and possibly redesign the condensate trap.
If you start looking at your air conditioner and you can’t see why your system is leaking, switch your system off and call an expert for a repair.
If you are in need of a HVAC expert in the Edmond, OK area, the team at Hill & Company can help. Our customer focused HVAC company works throughout the Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas, helping homeowners and commercial building owners install, repair and maintain their heating and cooling systems. Give us a call to schedule service today!