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

ac-system-leaking-fluidWhen you notice water where it shouldn’t be, anywhere in your home, your first instinct may be to call for plumbing system repairs—but the problem may actually be an air conditioner leak. 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 might, if drainage is not properly set up, find a way to spill over and into your home.

Depending on the location of your cooling system’s indoor unit, the results of a leak can be detrimental. So, what should you do if your air conditioner does spring a leak? Keep reading to learn more about this AC issue, and be sure to give us a call right away if you find yourself in need of Roswell, GA air conditioner repairs.

Where Does the Water Come From?

Water leaks come from air conditioners due to condensate not draining correctly. You’ve seen condensation build up before—like what happens when you have a glass of ice water out on a warm day. Small water droplets collect on the AC unit’s evaporator coil due to the humidity in the air that condenses as it passes over the cool coil.

This is a normal part of air conditioner operation. So naturally, cooling systems are designed to get rid of the condensation that could otherwise leak into the home. A drip tray sits below the coils, and it is set at an angle with a drainage hole at the bottom. The hole leads to a pipe that should allow water to drain outside of your home.

Condensate System Issues

If water isn’t draining properly, there could be a number of problems within your condensate system causing a leak.

  • The condensate drain may be clogged, forcing water to overflow from the drip tray.
  • The drip tray is damaged or knocked out of alignment.
  • High humidity and frequent use means you need a condensate pump to get rid of the excess.
  • Ice is forming along the evaporator coil and thawing too quickly, a problem that also has a number of possible sources (including a clogged filter).

What You Should Do

The first thing you should do if your air conditioner is causing a problem that could do major damage to your home is shut off your cooling system. This means ensuring the air conditioner is turned off and finding another way to stay cool in the meantime.

Next, you should call in a professionally trained and highly experienced air conditioning expert. It may be possible to clear out a clogged condensate drain yourself, but for the most part it’s typically best to let someone with the right experience handle your professional AC repairs.

As you wait for our professionals to arrive, do your best to clean the area around the leak, and assess the damage. Doing so may help prevent mold and mildew that can develop and impact your family’s health plus in the integrity of your home.

Contact Premier Indoor Comfort Systems LLC 7 days a week for a personalized response for your needs. If we don’t have the answer, we will find it for you!

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