Wondering Where the AC Leak is Coming From?
The summer months are coming, and we all know what that means. Long hot days and sticky nights. Hot weather is something you can’t avoid during the summer months, but you can keep cool with a great air conditioning system. With the temperatures rising this puts our A/C systems to work in overdrive. One of the most frequently occurring problems with air units is a build up/ leaking of water. It is one of the most frequently asked questions and your A/C unit could be leaking water because of any of the three following reasons:
Clogged Condensate Drain Line
This is the most common cause of water leaking from your AC into your home. Dust, dirt, sludge or mold, can all cause your lines to be clogged. When those lines get clogged, that water backs up into your home. This can be anywhere from minor to severe leaking, which could eventually cause damage to your ceilings or floors. In that case, you’ll need to unclog it. Solutions? There are multiple unclogging methods, like using a wet/dry vac on the condensate line. If you don’t have that on hand, or fear you’ll mess the unit up, the best way is to have a professional use a special vacuum to suck the blockage material out and clear out the water, without causing a mess in your home.
Broken Condensate Pipe
This is more common if your furnace and indoor AC unit is installed in the basement. What this means is there is a condensate pump that pumps the water outside as opposed to units installed in other places in the home. Most commonly, if not frequently maintained or replaced, the pump breaks, which then causes the water to not be properly pumped outside anymore. The only solution to this issue is to completely replace the pump if the damage is beyond a minor repair. Call out a professional to give you a complete evaluation of damage and an estimate for a repair/replacement.
Dirty Air Filter
When your unit has a dirty air filter, the airflow then becomes blocked over the evaporator coil. When that happens, the evaporator coil gets too cold and freezes over. This isn’t always an issue, but if it freezes too long, or freezes layers of ice, when it melts this can create a drip of an excess amount of water that the built in pan may not be able to hold. To prevent this from happening in your unit, check your air filter to see if it’s dirty and change it if needed. In cooler months of the year you should be checking the filter every 2 months, but in the hotter months when you use the unit more, you should be checking every 3 weeks - 1 month.
If you ever have any questions regarding maintenance for your HVAC or repair, give the experts a call at Air Expo. Our New location is open in Pompton Lakes to serve our customers with more efficient AC Repair!