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Is Your Air Conditioner Leaking Water Outside?

You may have noticed that your air conditioner is leaking water outside. Over time a puddle turns into a massive pool of water, accumulating continuously. This is something that most owners try to remedy by placing buckets underneath the leak. Although most air conditioners leak water, it is important to understand when your unit requires air conditioner repair services and when it doesn’t.

The quantity of water

There are two major factors which determine the amount of condensation you might see from your air conditioner:

  • The thermostat setting: This depends on the complex circuitry working in harmony with the rest of the unit.
  • The outdoor temperature: Low temperatures could result in the coils freezing, which then results in a lot of condensation.

For instance, in your home in Charleston SC, if you find a puddle of water next to drain pipe, it is a common indicator that your air conditioner is working hard due to the high temperatures and humid conditions. But there is a fine line between a small collection and an actual pool of water. The latter signals that it is finally time to get HVAC Charleston SC heating and ac repair services.

When the air conditioner is working as it should be, the small puddle should easily dry up on a hot day, but if this water leak persists for a day longer, then it means you should get the help of a professional heating and ac service in Charleston SC. We, at One Call Heating and Air, have highly trained professionals working with us, who can evaluate your air conditioner unit and fix it on the spot.

The common causes of air conditioner leaking water

Debris in air filtersWhen the AC air filter is dirty, full of dust or partially clogged; the evaporator coils of the air conditioner accumulate more ice and freeze as a result. This causes excess buildup of water which can spill out from the drain pan.

The condensate pan is brokenThis can happen to older AC units. The condensate pan might rust, crack or break over time, causing the water to leak from the air conditioner. This always requires the help of a professional and should not be tried by owners at home.

Broken drain pipeThe water inside the air conditioner makes its way to the drain pan via an engineered system of drain pipes. Over time, the drain pipes get blocked because of debris and can cause the water to leak from the air conditioner. The culprit can also be algae, mold and other microorganisms which can build up gradually in the condensation drain to form a clog and cause the water to back up and spill out from the AC unit. This can be easy to repair if you pour a cup of bleach in the drain line near the air conditioner unit and kill the microorganisms which may have formed inside the pipe. If the condensation line itself is plugged, you will likely need the help of a professional.

The unit was improperly installed

This usually happens when the air conditioner is newly installed. Water begins to leak because of improper sizing and drainage pans which weren’t installed correctly. This can lead to the water leaking from the air conditioner. Newly installed AC units have failed many times because contractors didn’t install them properly. This not only results in water leakage, but a slew of problems such as inefficient cooling.  According to the EPA, at least half of all air conditioners in the US do not perform at their advertised efficiency and capacity simply because they were installed improperly.

Only a professional service such as One Call Heating and Air can guarantee that your unit is configured and installed correctly. After all, it takes a well-trained professional to understand the intricate details of duct work, cooing systems, air flow and the right amount of refrigerant needed to fill inside the AC. If your unit is installed incorrectly, then water leakage should be the least of your worries, because the AC unit could break down in a barrage of system failures which would require costly repair services.

The temperature is below operational levels

The air conditioner could also leak if the temperatures outside are under 55 degrees. The coils could freeze which could eventually result in a pool of condensate near your AC system. In this case, it is simply better to shut down the unit and let the coils unfreeze.

Refrigerant quantity is dwindling

The problem of a refrigerant leak also comes with that of a water leak. When refrigerant levels decrease below a certain level, it also decreases the pressures in your AC system, which can cause the buildup of ice over time in the evaporator coils. The result is an overflow in your drain pan, leaking a huge quantity of water. 

Problems with the AC seals

All air conditioner units have seals in them which are designed to prevent the buildup of hot air inside the unit. But when they are not properly fitted, have gone loose or their structural integrity has been compromised, hot air begins to enter inside. When the warm air directly hits the cold air in the unit, it results in condensation of water inside the unit. The only solution is to reseal the unit, which requires the help of a professional. This is a delicate job and an amateurish, botched up DIY project could lead to more problems than you began with. Give the professionals at One Call Heating and Air to troubleshoot this problem and diagnose it.

The answer to all these problems is to get your unit regularly inspected for any errors. A thorough inspection takes into account the drain lines, air vent and p-trap.

One Call Heating and Air offer reliable and trustworthy heating and ac repair service in Charleston, SC area. Give us a call today to get the best performance out of your AC unit, save on bill costs and make it function to its advertised operational capacity.