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AC FAQ: Why Is It Leaking Water?

woman-and-technicianThere are a lot of different problems that may develop with even the best air conditioning systems on the market. One of the most perplexing that homeowners may encounter is water surrounding the unit. What makes this so perplexing? Well, mainly the fact that an air conditioner does not actually use water in its operation! So if there is not actually any water in the system, then that means it can’t be leaking, right? Well, not exactly.

If you see water surrounding your air conditioner in Virginia Beach, you should not just dismiss it or jump to the conclusion that it came from somewhere else. That water very well may be coming from the air conditioner. It is just not the type of “leak” that you’d normally associate with this type of system. Read on, keep calm, and contact a member of our team if you notice that your AC is taking a bath.

It Could Be Ice Melting

“Really? Ice? I know that my air conditioner is supposed to help keep things cool, but I didn’t realize that it actually freezes anything!” Well, the fact is that it shouldn’t. If ice is developing on your air conditioner, in fact, you could have a serious problem on your hands.

One simple cause of ice on an evaporator coil–which could wind up rapidly melting and giving the appearance of a water leak–is a very dirty air filter. If the filter in your air conditioner is too dirty, it can restrict airflow through the system to the point that your air conditioner is not going to be able to draw a sufficient amount of heat out of the air. The coil will get too cold, and condensation can freeze on it.

Unfortunately, this could also indicate that you have a refrigerant leak in your system somewhere, and that is a much more serious problem. The air conditioner evaporates refrigerant in order to draw heat out of the air, and too little refrigerant means too little heat absorption. The result? Ice that can eventually melt and give you the illusion that your system has sprung a different type of leak.

It Could Be a Backup

A backup of what, you ask? Of condensation. As your air conditioner draws heat out of the air via the evaporation of refrigerant, it also draws some moisture out of the air. That condensation drips off the condenser coil, and it must be drained out of your home. If the drain pan is damaged or even just misaligned, or if the drain itself is backed up due to algal growth or other clogs, then you may be looking at some spillage. Cleaning the drain with a simple vinegar solution, some rags, and/or even a wet vac can help you to avoid potentially serious damages to your property.

Moisture can lead to wood rot, and it is a major contributor to the growth of biological pollutants. These include mold. Don’t let a “leaking” AC lead you down a more damaging path.

Schedule your AC repairs with House Call Company. Contact us and see how we can make you smile.

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