Many issues can arise with an air conditioner (A/C); one of the most common is when your A/C leaks water. There are five common causes of water leakage, some of which are more serious than others.
1. Clogged Drain Hole
The first thing you should do is find the drain hole on your unit and give it a quick inspection. Check to see if any dirt or debris is clogging it and obstructing water flow through it, and if so clear it.
2. Poor Sealing
Seals on your air conditioner must be tight. If there is a leak at a seal, warm air can enter the cold interior and will condense and cause water pooling.
3. Broken Condenser Pump
The condenser pump helps get rid of the water in the condense
ate pan. If the pump is broken, water will collect and stay in the condensate pan. To test this simply pour water in the condensate pan and see if it can pump out the excess water. If it can’t you have found the source of your problem.
4. Cold Outside Air
When it’s cold outside, the rate of evaporation slows down dramatically and may result in water pooling. This typically isn’t a cause for alarm as long as it goes away once it becomes warmer again.
5. Faulty Installation
Finally, it’s possible that the unit was installed incorrectly. If the A/C unit is slanted or has too much internal pressure, it can cause water to accumulate. Also check for this issue by making sure that all air vents in the house are open. Closed vents throughout the house may contribute to increased pressure.
Most water leaks are easily fixable by an A/C professional. While it’s not the worst thing that can go wrong with your A/C, you should still fix it as soon as possible to ensure no significant damage is done. If your A/C leaks water or there is a problem with your A/C unit and you need professional help, please contact us at Cox Air Conditioning & Heating; we’ve been serving Tampa for more than 50 years.