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Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking?

Before you panic, know that we’re here to help. While a leaking air conditioner definitely isn’t a good thing, it’s not entirely uncommon. AC systems start to leak for a variety of reasons, and we’d like to go over what exactly is happening when you encounter this type of problem.

Since we’re pros, we know a thing or two about AC services in Waterloo, IA. Leaking air conditioners can be repaired when repairs are called for, which is why it’s so important that we cover this topic. When homeowners can detect that their AC is leaking when it’s not supposed to, they can call us and we can get to the bottom of the problem.

What’s Happening?

So, why does an air conditioner leak? Well, let’s take a closer look at the cooling process to see where moisture plays a role.

When your air conditioner cools the air in your home, it provides a natural amount of dehumidification. That means as heat is drawn into the refrigerant through evaporation, moisture also evaporates. This moisture in the air then condenses on the condenser coil to be drawn out and deposited. Don’t worry, it’s just water and this is a natural part of the cooling process. Your air conditioner has something called a “condensate drain” that is meant to drain the condensing water and deposit it out of your system.

What Went Wrong?

Why is your air conditioner leaking? Well, something clearly went wrong in the aforementioned process, and we’re going to figure out where.

If you’ve got a ductless mini split AC system, then the answer is usually simple. Each air handler has a condensate drain that runs through the walls of your home to deposit the moisture outside. When this condensate drain clogs, your air handler can start leaking itself. This could lead to mold growth, or your air handler falling off the wall since the moisture will damage the area that’s holding it in place!

For central air conditioners and some mini splits, there could be a couple of reasons why your AC is leaking. One of them could be a clog in the condensate drain on the outside unit, which is definitely possible. The other is because of a clogged air filter or refrigerant leak. This issue dramatically decreases the airflow through the system or the temperature of the air inside of it. Ice can form on the coils and that ice is made of moisture in the air. Once that ice melts, it’s going to leak wherever it can!

What Do I Do?

The first step towards recovering from this type of problem is admitting there is a problem in the first place. As long as there’s water coming from your air conditioner, you’ve got a problem.  This is a problem that is best left to a team of professional HVAC technicians. Only we have the tools, expertise, and training to fix the root of the problem.

At Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., your comfort is our promise! To set up an appointment, give us a call at the number above, email or schedule an appointment online.

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