Why is My Air Conditioner Leaking?

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?

Possible Causes

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
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.

Call Correy Baker Heating & Air today at (951) 440-1228 if your air conditioner isn’t working right!