Why is my air conditioner leaking water?

So you’ve got water leaking into your home from your air conditioner. Hammond Heating and Air in Jacksonville can help. To begin, it’s probably best to have a little understanding of how water forms on an Air Conditioning unit and why an air conditioner leaking water can be a real hazard for homeowners.

Your home A/C unit uses an evaporator coil; the warm air is circulated over it, where it removes the heat from the air which “cools” the air. This causes the water in the air to condensate. Normally, this condensate then funnels into a drain pan, and then into a drain line, effectively removing it from your home. There are a number of things which can cause this to go wrong, and we can help you with all of them.

The main causes of air conditioner leaking water are as follows:

1) Clogged Drain Lines.

Most commonly, drains can get clogged from dirt and debris, which causes the water to back up and leak into your home. This is a relatively easy fix as there are several methods for clearing the clog.

2) Air Filters.

A dirty air filter can cause leakage. You should change your air filters about every other month. A dirty air filter can cause the evaporator coil to freeze over, overloading your drain pan and causing leaks.

3) Refrigerant.

If your refrigerant is low, it can cause lower pressure in your A/C system, and can cause the evaporator coil to freeze over.

4) Drain Pan.

Especially in Jacksonville Florida, where the outside air is extremely humid (and often salty as well) an older drain pan can rust or become damaged. When this occurs, water can simply leak right through the pan into your home.

If you are being plagued by water leakage from your A/C, call us at Hammond Heating and Air. We’ve got friendly professionals on call to help you with your needs.

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