Leaky air conditioners are one of the most common reasons for emergency repair calls. While your air conditioner does not require any water to run, it does build up in your system. This condensation should safely drain to the outdoors, unless there is a problem. Depending on the location of the indoor portion of the air conditioner, you can develop leaks in the ceiling, and in the foundation of the home. It can lead to leaks in the walls that create an environment for mold to grow.
Your Air Conditioner Is Also a Dehumidifier
One of the features of an air conditioner is its ability to dehumidify. In fact, the original AC systems were designed primarily to dehumidify. Refrigerant pumps through the indoor coil, and an indoor fan continuously blows warm air from the home. As the coil cools, any moisture in the air also collects on the cool coil as condensation. This should drip down into a pan set up beneath the coil. The condensate then flows into a drainpipe and exits the home.
Reasons for a Leaky System
A problem occurs when the runoff doesn’t quite make it through the drain. This could be due to one of many reasons.
- The condensate drip pan is not set up at the correct angle.
- The condensate pump—an installation that is sometimes necessary to help move the water along—has a broken motor.
- The condensate tray has a hole.
- The water backs up due to debris that has built up in the drain pipe.
If done annually, air conditioning maintenance can help prevent this before it starts. IF you discover a leak call a professional right away. All Pro Air Conditioning and Heating Temple Texas (254) 307-1559