Most air conditioning units produce water as part of the cooling process. They use the water to cool the warm air that your home discharges. However, the water produced should run out of the back or through a specific drain line within the system. If you notice that water is leaking from somewhere else and pooling in your home, you should be alarmed. Here are some of the top reasons why your AC is leaking water and what you can do about the problem.
Clogged drain lines
The air conditioner is designed to drain most of the water that is produced
during the cooling process. Unfortunately, with the debris and dust in the air,
your drain lines may get clogged over time. This causes water to collect in the
unit instead of getting discharged. The accumulated water leaks through the
ducts and other indoor components. If you notice that the AC is leaking, unplug
it and inspect the drain line for blockage. Ensure that it is clean before
plugging in the unit.
Ice collection in the coils
During the warm weather, the AC unit may collect a lot of water due to high
levels of humidity. When there is too much water in the air conditioner, the
fans blow some of it on the cold coils. This can cause the coils to collect
ice. As warm air blows into the air conditioner,
it melts the ice and causes water to pool beneath the AC. Your air conditioner
coils can collect ice even during the summer; therefore, you should check the
coils if you notice puddles of water below the unit.
Infiltration of warm air
Your window air conditioner requires
proper sealing to prevent warm air from infiltrating your home. If the unit
isn't sealed correctly, air flows through, and as it hits the conditioned air
in the house, it condenses. Humidity is forced out of the air, and this leads
to the formation of water droplets which drip down the sides of the AC unit.
You should seal it properly to prevent warm air from infiltrating the house.
Water leakage can significantly affect the performance of your AC unit's
components. If you are unable to pinpoint the source of the problem, don't
hesitate to contact us. We will inspect the AC unit, identify the problem, and
carry out the necessary repairs to restore its performance. We service Phoenix,
AZ, specifically Scottsdale. JR Perkins is the first heating and air
conditioning company in the East Valley. To learn more please visit our website
at www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.