You’ve likely always noticed a little condensation or water forming around your air conditioning unit, and that’s fairly normal (in most cases; we’ll go more in-depth shortly). But, when your air conditioner decides to begin forming its own little pool party, it’s likely time to call in a professional.
Why Your Air Conditioner Generates Moisture
Your air conditioner doesn’t just blow cool air around your home. Part of its normal operation is to pull humidity out of the air via the evaporator coil. This water has to go somewhere, and preferably not back into the air of your home, and for this reason it escapes through the condensate drainage system.
Normally, this system drains the water out of your unit with a hose, or vent, and this water can be seen at the other end of your drainage pipe. This is your expected moisture. If it’s just leaking willy-nilly all over the unit, you’ve got yourself a real problem.
Causes of a Leaking Air Conditioner
The warning signs of a leaking air conditioner may pretty much be the same (tons of water pooling around your unit), but there can actually be a few issues at work here, including:
- Clogged pan or drain hose. That drain hose we mentioned earlier can get clogged, usually with accumulated dust, grime, and debris. When this happens, the excess water that can’t get out of its usual spot ends up overflowing all over the air conditioner. This is relatively easy to fix, but can mean seriously bad news for your air conditioner if left unattended.
- Freezing. Both adirty air filter, and an excessively low amount of refrigerant (sounds backwards, but it’s true!) can cause your unit to freeze up. In this case, the air conditioner will cease to work as it thaws, resulting in tons of water everywhere. The filter you can probably handle yourself, but low refrigerant should always be dealt with by professionals. Refrigerant can be dangerous!
- Poor installation. Most contractors are pretty good at their jobs. But, on occasion we’ve come across a unit that was installed incorrectly. This can lead to parts not hacked together correctly, which in turn can lead to leaking. These issues can range from a quick fix to a full reinstallation.
Call In the Baltimore AC Repair Professionals at All Seasons
A leaking air conditioner can be the precursor to some really serious problems. When you’re just not sure of the cause, or how to handle it, contact the experts at All Seasons. We pride ourselves on our service and top-class skill, and we’re confident we can answer any and all questions you may have!