Dripping air conditioning units alarm homeowners who know this problem likely suggests a much bigger issue within the AC system that will destroy the unit if not quickly repaired. If not this issue, the water dripping from the unit in and of itself will undoubtedly lead to problems with mold, mildew, insects, and functionality/efficiency. Air conditioning units may unexpectedly drip water due to many different reasons. Here’s what you should do if this problem occurs at your home.
Turn Off the Air Conditioner
Leaky AC units may cause a fire if the water comes into contact with your electrical system. You can also injure yourself while attempting repairs if the unit is not unplugged. Avoid potential danger by unplugging the air conditioning unit from the power source. This is done by switching off the power button or turning off the circuit breakers, depending on the type of system set up at your home.
Determine the Cause of the Leak
If your AC leaks inside the home, a clogged condensation line is likely the culprit. Clearing out the clog will reinstate the proper airflow and eliminate the annoying drips.
A wet/dry vac is the easiest and most common way to clear out a clogged condensation line. If this method does not work, it could be another problem causing the leak, or you may need a professional HVAC technician in Birmingham to help.
Dirty Air Filters
Dirty air filters block the flow of air from the air conditioner. When moisture has no escape route, it may begin to drip in order to escape. Change filters monthly to avoid the possibility of a clogged filter demoting the effectiveness of the AC or causing problems like leaks.
Low Refrigerant Levels
When refrigerant levels get low, the pressure inside of the air conditioner lowers which can cause the evaporator coil to freeze. When the coil freezes, expect water to drip out of the unit. If you notice the house isn’t getting as cool as it once did and the unit leaks, call our experts out to add coolant to your system for a quick fix.
Other Causes of AC Leaks
AC leaks can also be caused by issues like:
- An older unit that needs replacing
- Damaged drain pan
- Broken condensation pump
When in doubt, turn to a professional for help. When you reach out to experts, the problem is quickly diagnosed, and you can make a fast repair or replacement before major damage occurs. With the right diagnosis, most AC leaks in Birmingham are repairable, saving money against the high costs of replacement while ensuring you enjoy a cool home all summer long.
Absolute Air offers a wide array of services, including, but not limited to, AC installation, AC repair, heating installation, heating repair, metal fabrication (for all types of ductwork), refrigeration, and gas line installation. Our trained team of technicians can also service and work on equipment brands such as American Standard, Train, Carrier, York, Goodman, Rudd, and Mitsubishi, to name a few.
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