Have you ever noticed water dripping out of your air conditioner? If so,
you’ve probably been curious as to whether this is normal or if
it’s in fact a sign of a potential problem. Water forms in your
air conditioner through the process of condensation, which is when water
vapor solidifies, usually on a cool surface that causes it to change state
from gas to liquid. In your air conditioner, this is a natural byproduct
of the air cooling process. However, is something wrong if this water
starts to leak out?
Water leaks can come from a variety of different causes. Some of them are
perfectly normal, others may be a sign of a small problem, and others
could be a sign of a potentially budding disaster. Let’s take a
look at a few of them.
Clogged Drain Line
Because water is a natural byproduct of the air conditioning process,
your air conditioner must be connected to a drain line in order to safely
and easily dispose of it. This drain pipe is normally small and leads
out from the drain pain, but a clog somewhere in the line could lead to
a water backup. If your drain pan is full of water, this is probably the cause.
Damaged Drain Pan
If the water seems to be everywhere in your air conditioner’s location
except the drain pan, you probably have a problem with the pan itself. Over time,
the pan can rust and develop holes. If your air conditioner is 12 to 15
years of age or older, you may need to replace you drain pan.
Broken Condensate Pump
If your furnace is installed in a basement or below ground level, you
probably have a condensate pump installed to push the water back outside.
However, if this pump breaks, the water can’t be pumped away and
your drain pan will fill up. Calla Murrieta air conditioning repair service
to have your condensate pump replaced.
Dirty Air Filter
Call Correy Baker Heating & Air today at (951) 435-8070 if your air conditioner isn’t working right!
This is perhaps the simplest fix and the most serious problem. If your
air filter is dirty, not enough air will travel over your evaporator coil,
which means it can get too cold and freeze over. This can cause your entire
system to shut off and it’ll take a long time for your coils to
thaw out and eventually have all the water melt into your drain pan. Check
your filter every one to three months and replace it as necessary.