When the temperatures are on the rise outside it is wonderful to be able to keep your home a cool and comfortable place to hide out from the heat. This might not always be possible though if your air conditioner is starting to have problems. If you’ve started noticing that it is getting harder to keep your home cool, it may be time to take a look at your AC system to see if something is amiss.
There is more than one issues that your air conditioner can encounter. Of course, if you are doing a visual check of your system, the presence of a leak is going to be the most apparent. Unless you have a swamp cooler, water isn’t exactly a part of the cooling equation so you might be wondering what is causing that leak from your system.
Our team can answer your questions and provide the repairs you need to get your system back to normal.
Here are some common issues tied to a leaking air conditioner.
The evaporator coil in your air conditioner is responsible for absorbing heat in order to cool the air in your home. When something hinders that heat absorption it causes the coil to become too cold and freeze over. Unsurprisingly when the system stops the cooling process any ice that collects on the coil starts to melt leading to puddles or water marks around your system.
Over time dirt and debris can make their way into your air conditioner. This isn’t a problem immediately but over time it can add up. Where it adds up is on your evaporator coil. The longer your AC goes without maintenance (during which the coil would be cleaned) the dirtier the coil gets. This can lead to issues with heat absorption and moisture build-up which can lead to leaks from your AC.
If you air conditioner is leaking it may not be immediately apparent. This can be problematic because the more your system leaks, the more likely your insulation is to sustain water damage. Catching the leak early is important for your AC and the integrity of your home.
Disconnected or Clogged Drain Line
The condensation that collects on your evaporator coil when it pulls heat out of the air needs to go somewhere. That somewhere is your condensate pan and drain. Of course, the condensation may bring some debris that has collected on the evaporator coil with it as well. This can lead to a clog in your condensate line. Likewise, there is a chance that your condensate drain can become disconnected. Either of these issues can allow condensation to build up and eventually leak out of your system elsewhere.
Contact a Professional!
No matter what the cause a leaking air conditioner is not something to be ignored. Our team can pinpoint the issue and get it fixed in a timely manner so you can enjoy a cool house again.