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Why does my air conditioner leak water?

Have you noticed leaks coming out of your air conditioner? While this isn't an uncommon problem, it's not something you should neglect. A leak can cause many issues, such as mold, weird odors, and inadequate cooling. It's a good idea to call an HVAC company to get it repaired.



To help you understand the problem, here's a general overview of why your AC unit may be leaking water:


1. Drain Line is Loose or Has Disconnected

The drain line in your air conditioner gets rid of the water as the unit turns liquid into gas. If your previous HVAC company made a mistake in installing your unit, the drain line may be loose or may have become disconnected through use. In some cases, the drain line can get clogged. To prevent the water damage from getting worse, you want to address this problem as soon as possible.


2. The Refrigerant is Running Low

The refrigerant in your air conditioner is vital to the process of taking the indoor air and helping to cool in. Low amounts of coolant will result in the pressure to lower. This results in the evaporator coil freezing up. As the coil melts, you get the water buildup overflowing the drain pan, which causes water leaks.


3. Clogged Air Filter

A clogged air filter causes the same problem as low levels of refrigerant. It blocks the airflow going to the evaporator coil. This results in the coil getting too cold and freezing some of the water. Like before, the water will eventually melt and buildup in the drain pan. For best results, air filters should be replaced every one to two months during hot seasons.


4. Cracked Drain Pan

Remember the drain pan that we've been talking about above? Its job is to collect condensation and allow the water to be adequately drained. However, it can also get damaged over time. Rust, splits, and cracks can damage the pan and result in water leaking when it should be collecting the water.


5. Damaged Evaporator Coils

In some cases, it's the evaporator coil that has the problem. It may no longer be able to do its job due to some damage. The best thing you can do here is to replace the evaporator coil. It would help if you also were using and maintaining your air conditioner to prevent damage to your evaporator coil. Make sure you replace air filters regularly and ensuring that there's no circulation problem with your vents.


If your air conditioning unit is experiencing water leaks, it's best to call a professional. Lavender AC can help you identify the problem and provide repairs so that you can get back up and running. Don't let small problems turn into significant issues by neglecting your AC problems.

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