Why Your AC is Leaking Water
Water Leak or Overflow?
Your leak may actually be more of an overflow as excessive water pools in the drain pan that collects liquid condensate dripping from your evaporator coils. If conditions are especially humid, for example, more moisture may pool and collect than the condensate pump can handle. The water is typically moved through drain lines and out of the house, but an overload may slow the process. This can also occur if your AC has frozen. As the ice is allowed to melt, you may experience an excessive amount of liquid.
Your drain pan may also overflow if there is a clog in the drain lines. This may occur if debris infiltrates the drain pan and moves into the lines from the air handling unit. It could also occur if the lines are blocked outside of the home. One additional issue that could result in an overflow is a malfunction in the condensate pump. Fortunately, any of these issues can be evaluated to determine whether AC repairs are necessary.
When Are AC Repairs Necessary
If you have recently dealt with an AC freeze-up, you may not need to take further steps unless another freeze occurs. If you are unsure of a clog or mechanical problem, you can remove some of the excess water and watch for a return of the leak. If you notice debris floating in the removed water, however, you will want to contact your HVAC contractor for service. The air handling unit is a small space and difficult to work with on your own. Your contractor can pinpoint the exact issue and recommend maintenance or repairs as needed.
Is AC Maintenance on Your To-Do List?
One of the most important tips for air conditioner care in your Orange Park, FL home is to schedule seasonal maintenance so that your system is clean and optimized for summer activity. This is the best way to have your air handler cleaned, limiting your risk of AC leaks and other problems. Mike Merritt Heating & Air is available to assist with this and other AC concerns when you call our office.