So, you found a leak in your air conditioner. Should you be concerned? Unfortunately, there is no simple black and white answer to this question as the leak could be caused by a number of different some things, some of which are normal, others that may require servicing or repair to your unit. Should you find a leak, the best thing to do to help avoid any potential damage to your air conditioner, your home, as well as help your circulation and air quality within your home is to contact a professional to inspect, and potentially repair your unit.
What Could be Causing the Leak?
While there are several different “culprits” that could be causing the leak, a few of the most common include:
- A Clogged Drain Line – this is normal and takes place over time as some sort of debris gets stuck within the line such as dirt or dust.
- Clogged Air Filter – as with all filters, your air filter needs to be cleaned regularly to help avoid clogs, if clogged this will restrict your airflow which can then cause other problems including frozen evaporator coils. These coils can then lead to water leakage.
- Cracked Drain Pan – your drain pan catches and collects any condensate from your unit, so sometimes the leak could be caused by a simple crack in the pan which can then cause the water to leak.
While some of these common issues are easy to fix, there are other more serious issues that could be causing your leak, and in some more severe cases, your air conditioner could also have a coolant leak instead of water, which can be quite dangerous and if not taken care of could lead to further damage, cause health problems, not to mention, the coolant is hazardous to the environment.
If you have any further questions regarding your air conditioner, have a leak you’d like to have inspected, would like to schedule repair or maintenance work, or if you have any other questions regarding your air conditioner or HVAC system, please feel free to contact our office and we would be more than happy to assist you.
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