Water dripping or leakage from inside or outside your air conditioner is caused by several reasons. You will notice that your air conditioner has leakage when you find or spot collection of water around your air conditioning unit.
Incase you notice the leakage, the first and immediate thing you are supposed to do is to turn off your unit since the water can cause some damages to the electrical parts the wiring and your home too. Without delay contact a professional AC repair company to assist because the water leakage can cause more harm and damage if left unattended.
What type of AC water leakage is to be expected?
Condensation water is different from the leakage water. However, there are two different factors that matter during condensation. They are:
- Outdoor temperatures
- Thermostat settings.
It’s not unusual to find some water around the drain pipe since this is also an indicator that the AC unit is working harder and functioning properly. However too much water could be alarming and calls for diagnosis.
When is it too much water?
The moment you notice too much water that is not drying up, it’s consistent and lasts throughout the day, it can be a sign of repair and a diagnosis could be of great help.
Read below the highlighted several reasons that may cause the air conditioner leakage.
- Broken condenser pump
If you notice a leakage from your AC unit the immediate thing you need to do is to check on the condenser pumps if they could be broken. To confirm if the pump is not broken, you need to pour water into the condenser pan, if at all the pump is alright it should be able to pump the excess water out properly. It’s also good to check if the pump is getting enough power. If there is no issue with the power, also check on the condenser or the motor.
- Poor installation of the AC unit
The installation leading to it not being level or have too much pressure can also cause the leakage. To determine this it’s important to check if the unit is level, if their levels check whether you might be having some closed outlets around you house resulting or creating too much pressure on the unit. That’s why it’svery vital to contact a professional to determine and rule out the cause of the leakage.
- Blocked or rusted condensate drainage line hole.
The unit has a drain hole for the removed water. In case the drain hole clogged up or gets some debris, it can create pressure and eventually get blocked since the water has only one way to go back in to the home. The blockage of the drainage line can be caused by small insects, dirt and even some mold.
In case you find out that the above mentioned are the causes of the blockage, use a wet dry vacuum to remove the blockage. You can also use a mighty pump to blow the lines and clean the blockage.It’s good to examine your tube to ensure and confirm that it is not blocked. If it’s blocked by either some debris, you clean it and the water will begin to flow properly.
To avoid and prevent the hassle of the blocked and clogged line, always try to maintain your line by cleaning it regularly.
- Cold weather temperatures outside
The AC unit can be affected by the temperatures and change of weather. When it begins to get too cold the AC unit causes too much water which tends to overflow. The water tends not to dry up since it’s not as hot out, it will eventually take too long to dry up.
- Spoil AC Seals
When the AC seals are not fitted in well, gone bad or they are left loose, it’s very easy to allow too much hot air to enter. The moment warm air mixes with cold air in the unit, it automatically condenses creating excess water to collect under the unit. This problem can be solved by only resealing the unit.
- Air leakage
In case you have loose seals, the extra warm air entering the unit thus condensing with the cold air thus, creating a lot of water under the unit. To collect this, one need to reseal the outdoor unit. It’s always important to take care of the seals because they can reduce the effectiveness of the unit.
- Air filters get dirty
The air filters need to be maintained all the time. The accumulated dirt can lead and cause blockage preventing the correct air flow. This makes the coil to be too cold and makes it freeze up. When the water melts the excess water will fall and the drain pan may not be able to hold that much water. In case the filter is freezing up, the first thing you need to do is to check on the filter. If at all it’s dirty, replace with a new one.
- Frozen Evaporator coil
Check if you can locate ice from the blower door located inside the AC unit. If there is ice, it could be melting causing excess water that the drain pan can’t hold the amount of water that is created.
Dirty air filters and the low on refrigerant are the major causes of the ice on the evaporator coil.It’s good and very important to defrost by turning off the AC unit and turning on the blower. By doing this, you will be helping the fan to melt the ice in time frame that the pan will be able to handle.
- Excessive pressure
The excessive pressure is caused by the closed or blocked vents. It’s always good to explore your home and ensure that you don’t have closed or blocked vent.
Remedy to AC unit leaky
- Always ensure that the AC installation is well done using a secondary drain line and a safety pan to catch overflow.
- Install drain shut off switch and equip it with a float.
- Clean HVAC regularly or change it out.
- Check regularly AC refrigerant levels.
- Maintain your unit to ensure the best performance.