On occasion, you may see your air conditioner leaking water outside. While you can expect your AC to leak some water when it’s running, it’s important to know when this leakage is normal versus when you need air conditioner repair services.
Under normal operating circumstances, your AC will produce some condensation – the amount of which depends on the current thermostat setting and the temperature outside. If you come home on a 97 degree day, you can anticipate seeing a small puddle under or next to the unit. After all, it’s hot and the unit is working hard to keep you cool! If however, the unit is leaking for more than 24 hours or there are large puddles that won’t dry, even in the most intense heat, it is essential to call an HVAC technician who can repair any issues.
The five most common reasons for an AC leak are:
1. Clogged Condensate Drain – Like other drains in your house, the one in your AC can also get blocked as a result of dirt and debris buildup.
2. Broken Condensate Pan – Over time your equipment ages and is exposed to the elements. The condensate pan in your AC is susceptible to cracks, which will cause water to leak from the unit.
3. Dirty Air Filters – It is important to change your air filters regularly. This will ensure the coils don’t freeze and eventually lead excess water to overflow the drain pan.
4. Cold Temperatures – One of the great things about Bucks County is the change of seasons. But, bear in mind that running your AC when the outdoor temperature drops below 60 degrees can ice up the coils, causing your unit to leak.
5. Low Refrigerant Levels – If the refrigerant levels are low, the pressure in the system will drop, causing the coils to freeze. This will lead to your drain pan overflowing and water leaking from the unit.
If you notice large amounts of water leaking from your AC’s condenser unit, call A&A Mechanical Services to come and investigate the problem.