A recent study revealed that 90% of problems with air conditioners are due to water leakage. Even if an AC repair Dallas technician has discovered small leaks, it should be addressed quickly because it can eventually lead to a bigger problem to the unit and your home. In most cases, you leave problems with your air conditioner to professionals, but it is also important that you know the causes of these leaking incidents.
Each air conditioning unit has an evaporator coil. Its primary purpose is to cool the warm air blowing over it. The process causes coil condensation, which forms droplets similar to a glass of cold water when placed in a warm environment. The moisture that the condensation forms on the coil will drip into the drain pan until it reaches the condensate drain line. Then, the drip ends up in your home.
The causes of air conditioner leak
Evaporation and condensation are two of the major processes that are instrumental to the daily operation of your air conditioner. This means that the leaks in your unit are not a mystery. There is a good explanation behind it.
Issues with pan and pump
Some air conditioners are found in a basement that can trigger some issues, especially with the drain pan. The drain line is responsible for emptying the condensate into your unit’s drain pan. The condensate pump redirects the drip. With this setup, your air conditioner is most likely to experience water leaks. There are many ways that leaks can take place. The water will overflow out of the drain pan if your condensate pan breaks down. Another scenario that can cause water to leak is when you have an older drain pan which can develop rust over time. The holes and cracks caused by rust will lead to leaks.
These issues can be tackled by a handyman. However, there might be some underlying issues that are better left to professionals. Attempting to place the rusted drain pan on your own can do more harm than good. You will need a certified AC repair technician to do the job.
Clogged condensate drain line
Issues with the condensate drain line are common and should be addressed as soon as you notice water leaking from your air conditioner. The drain line is considered as the primary cause of water leaks. If you have a clogged drain line because of dirt and debris, the clogs will lead to ruptures and leaks. If your drain line is not properly connected, it can also cause water to leak. This happens when the installation process was not done correctly and carefully. The drain will become loose due to vibrations and this scenario will lead to your unit leaking water. The first thing to do to address the problem is to unclog the drain line. You will need the assistance of a technician to prevent worsening the situation.
An air filter that has been cleaned or replaced can also cause water to leak. This is because of the airflow blockage over your unit’s evaporator coil. You will notice your evaporator coil getting too cold when this happens. There are also instances when this component will freeze over. Once the melting process takes place, you will see a significant amount of water dripping, which the pan cannot handle. Be sure to keep your air filter free of dirt and debris. It is important to change the filter once every 1 to 3 months.
A refrigerant is similar to your air filter. Once it is low, the performance of your air conditioner will be affected as well. When the pressure in your system reduces, the evaporator coil will also freeze causing the coil to melt. The drain pan cannot accommodate all the water that has melted causing it to leak in your air conditioner. Low refrigerant affects the level of efficiency of your unit. You will also hear bubbling or hissing noise. For more severe situations, you will be recommended to replace your air conditioner. If you only have a minor problem with your refrigerant, you can address it by repairing the leak.
Water leaks should not be overlooked as they can jeopardize the overall functionality of your air conditioner. Once you notice any malfunctions due to leaks, call Hooper Plumbing and Air Conditioning so you can get professional assistance.