Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

As a Floridian, there are few things more inconvenient than having your air conditioner malfunction. But as with any valuable home comfort system, things are bound to go wrong from time to time. One common AC issue that home and business owners encounter is water leaking from their air conditioning unit.

Water leaks at your AC unit can range from a somewhat inconvenient puddle on your garage floor to a very serious leak that damages the ceiling and floors of your home.  Ultimately, and although common, leaking water tends to be indicative of a bigger problem at hand, so it’s important to know the source of the leak and address the problem right away. Here are a few of the reasons why water might be leaking from your AC:

Your Air Handler Isn’t Installed Properly

No matter how great your air conditioning system is, if it’s not installed properly, it won’t be able to function as efficiently as it is supposed to. When an AC unit isn’t installed properly, it can create a variety of issues—one of them being water leaks. If your air handler is not level this can lead to a backup of water.  A new handler should always have a new platform top installed. Using an existing platform top runs the risk of the unit sinking into the platform in the future, thereby causing a backup of water in your garage or closet.  If your air handler is located in the attic, the air handler must be hung level so that it drains properly.

Your Drain Line is Blocked

Attached to your air handler is a pvc pipe called a drain line. The drain line should be regularly flushed, at least twice per year, to keep it free of algae and debris.  At times algae can clog the line and cause a backup of water. You should immediately turn off the air conditioner if this happens and call a professional to unclog the line or if you are handy you can try flushing it with a garden hose or vacuuming the line with a shop vac.  More stubborn clogs require a blast of nitrogen which a professional should only attempt. When the unit is turned back on the water should be draining outside from the pvc pipe.

There’s Air Leakage

If your air conditioner isn’t properly insulated, warm air from the outdoors can enter in the small openings around your AC. When the warm air encounters the cooler and drier air, condensation occurs and can cause water to leak from the air conditioner. If this is the issue, the system should be evaluated by a professional AC contractor to determine the source of the air leak and the best way to seal the leak.

Fix Your Water Leak, Call Air Tech of Central Florida

There are many other reasons that water can leak from your AC unit, such as a rusted drain pan, clogged evaporator coil or broken drain line. If water is leaking from your air conditioner, contact the professionals at Air Tech of Central Florida. We offer quality AC repairs at an affordable price, so we will stop any leak and get your AC working as efficiently as possible. Even better, we offer air conditioning services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which means we’re always available to help. Give us a call now at (407) 848-1123 to talk with one of our friendly team members today.

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