So, your air conditioner is leaking water. Now what? While a leaky air conditioner may be cause for concern, with a little AC knowledge, you can quickly remedy the issue and restore your home’s comfort. Here are the top four reasons why your air conditioner is leaking water and what you can do about it.
1. The Pump Is Broken
A broken pump is one of the most likely catalysts if your air conditioner is leaking water. Fortunately, testing for a broken pump is simple, even for air conditioning novices. To test the function of the pump, pour water in the condenser pan and see if the pump properly removes the excess water.
– The excess water is effectively pumped: Great! It’s likely another issue, move on to #2.
– The excess water is not effectively pumped: Not to worry. Check that the power to the pump is good. If the power checks out, there could be an issue with either the motor or the condenser itself. We recommend calling a professional for this one.
2. There Is a Block In the Drain Line
Is water pooling in the condensate pan? It could be a block in the drain line. Every air conditioning system has a built-in drain line that works to remove water from the unit. This drain line can become blocked with debris and cause the water to drain slowly or not at all. Locate the tubing of the drain line and clear any blockage. Once the blockage is clear, the water will be able to drain properly, and the pooling should stop.
3. The Evaporator Coil Is Frozen
Even in a warm climate, the evaporator coil can become frozen. When this happens, the ice can melt and cause excess water to leak from your air conditioner. If your evaporator coil is frozen, you can defrost the coils by turning off your air conditioning and switching the fan from “Auto” to “On”. This will help the ice melt slowly enough so that the drain pan won’t become overwhelmed by the influx of water.
Evaporator coils typically freeze for one of two reasons: a dirty air filter or low refrigerant. Try replacing your air conditioning filter if you haven’t changed it in more than four weeks. When it comes to replacing refrigerant, we recommend leaving this to the professionals since handling refrigerant can be dangerous.
4. Your Air Conditioner Was Installed Incorrectly
If your air conditioning system was installed recently and is leaking water, it may have been incorrectly designed or installed. An improperly designed or installed air conditioning system can cause water to build up in the drain pan. When the drain pan fills, it can overflow and cause damage to your home and your air conditioning system. We recommend scheduling an appointment with a reputable air conditioning company to have a complete inspection performed.
As homeowners, we rely on our air conditioning systems to keep us cool and comfortable for the better part of the year. That’s why it’s important to have a reliable air conditioning company you can call when you need fast service. At Wesabi, we offer an extensive list of services designed to keep your home cool and comfortable for less. Contact us today if your AC is leaking water or if you’re in need of any other air conditioning, Electrical, Carpentry or plumbing services in your area.