My AC System Is Leaking Fluid—What Is This From?

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My AC System Is Leaking Fluid—What Is This From?

AC systems can leak water, but not from any part of your plumbing system. Rather, it's from condensation that has built up within the system and may spread out if drainage isn't properly established.

The effects of a leak might be devastating, depending on the position of your cooling system's indoor unit. What should you do if your air conditioner springs a leak? Here's what may be causing a leak from your air conditioner.

Why Your AC is Leaking

Water leaks come from air conditioners when the condensate doesn't drain correctly. Small water droplets form on the AC unit's evaporator coil because of the humidity in the air.

This is a normal part of the air conditioner operation. A drip tray sits below the coils to catch the condensation, and it is set at an angle with a drainage hole at the bottom. The hole leads to a pipe that allows water to drain outside of your home.

Drainage Problems

If you notice water leaking, it's important to take a closer look to try and determine the source of the leak. There could be a number of problems within your condensate system:

  • Water may be overflowing from the drip tray if the condensate drain is clogged.
  • The drip tray is damaged or out of alignment.
  • High humidity and frequent use mean you need a condensate pump to get rid of the excess.
  • Ice is forming on the evaporator coil and thawing too quickly.

Refrigerant Leaks

There are two types of leaks: refrigerant leaks and condensation leaks.

Refrigerant Leaks - Happen when the refrigerant escapes from the AC system. Condensation Leaks - Happen when water escapes from the AC system.

Refrigerant leaks can happen for a number of reasons. The most common reason is that the AC system is not properly sealed. Over time, the seals can degrade and allow refrigerant to escape. Other causes of refrigerant leaks include damage to the AC system, such as from a storm or accident.

If you think you have a refrigerant leak, it is important to have it fixed as soon as possible. Refrigerant is a toxic substance and can be harmful to the environment. If you detect a condensation leak, it's critical to address it right away to avoid water damage to your property.

Reliable AC Repair for Your Home

If you're experiencing water leaks from your AC system, it's important to take action and determine the source of the problem. Don't wait until the issue gets worse—call the Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, LLC team today at (770) 749-7667 for reliable AC repair! We'll determine the cause of the problem and provide a solution that will get your AC system up and running again in no time.

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