Leaking Air Conditioner

4 Common Causes of a Leaking Air Conditioner

If your air conditioner is leaking, do not panic. A leak is not a surefire indication that your unit is broken. Let’s explore some of the most common reasons why air conditioners leak so you can better understand how your system works and position yourself to take proactive action.

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1. Clogged Condensate Drain Line

4 Common Causes of a Leaking Air Conditioner

If your air conditioner’s drain line is clogged by dirt, mold or other debris, the unit’s water has nowhere to travel but onto the floor. The root of the issue might be a dirty evaporator coil. As the dirt mixes into the water, it drips down into the pan and clogs the drain. Or, maybe the drain pan has rusted through and is now falling to the floor. Either way, both of these problems will require professional attention.

Routine AC drain line cleaning can help prevent buildup and clogs. Learn how you can clean your condensate drain line yourself. Check out our blog, How to Clean Your AC Condensate Drain Line With Vinegar for a comprehensive tutorial.

2. Poor Design/Installation

4 Common Causes of a Leaking Air Conditioner

Even homeowners with a brand new HVAC system sometimes experience water leakage. If the unit’s condensate trap was designed poorly or installed incorrectly, it can prevent the condensate from properly draining. The water then builds up in the drain pan and flows right back onto your property. It is imperative that you reach out to a professional HVAC repairman to inspect your air conditioner’s condensate trap.

3. Frozen Evaporator Coil

4 Common Causes of a Leaking Air Conditioner

Take a look at the unit’s evaporator coil by opening the blower door of the air conditioner. If there is ice, it is likely slowly melting and causing water to flow over the drain pan to the floor. A frozen evaporator coil is caused by either an insufficient amount of refrigerant or a dirty air filter.

4. Broken Air Conditioner Condensate Drain Pump

4 Common Causes of a Leaking Air Conditioner

The air conditioner’s condenser pump might be broken. Test it out by pouring some water in the unit’s condenser pan to determine if it can adequately pump out the water. If it can’t, make sure that the power to the pump is on and functioning. If the power is running, the condenser or the motor are flawed. Consult with a professional HVAC repairman to determine the true problem as well as the best remedy and course of action.

Call A+ Air Conditioning to Repair Your Leaky Air Conditioner

Do not let your air conditioner leak water one day longer. Take action today by reaching out to the HVAC aficionados at A+ Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. We will send one of our technicians out to your property to inspect your air conditioner and determine the best repair solution. Call us today at 352-608-5019, or schedule service online to get started right away. Keeping cool in Gainesville and Central Florida has never been so easy. Call the company you can count on.