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Water, Water, Everywhere: My AC’s On the Blink

Monday, April 16th, 2018 at 11:00 am

AC-outdoor-unitImagine if there were a way that you could always get a 100% reliable performance from your home cooling system. That would really be something, wouldn’t it? Well, sure, but we can’t live in a fantasy world, and that’s the only place that you’re going to find such a system. Here in reality, the fact is that problems can, do, and will develop with any air conditioning system. You can mitigate damages with prompt AC repair in Cocoa, FL, but you cannot avoid those problems entirely.

One issue that we get calls about from time to time is an air conditioner that is leaking water. We understand that seeing a puddle of water surrounding your indoor air conditioning unit can be alarming, and it can be indicative of a problem. However,  that problem is likely not what you’re thinking of. Today, we are going to explore a few of the reasons why there may be water surrounding your air conditioning system.

Rule Out Other Culprits

Okay, here’s where we will begin. Your air conditioner does not use water in its operation. That means that it cannot really be “leaking” water. At least, not in the traditional sense of the word “leak”. So where is this water coming from?

The first thing that you’ll want to do is to rule out leaks in other appliances or systems in your home. Look for corrosion on your water heater, Make sure that your washing machine’s door is not leaking. Check any pipes in the area for signs of leaks. Ruling these issues out first will at least isolate the problem to your air conditioner. But where to go from there?

It Could Be Ice Melting

Your air conditioner is not a freezer, and it should not be generating ice. If you do have ice in your system, chances are that it’s building up on your evaporator coil. If this is the case, you could be dealing with a very serious problem: a refrigerant leak. If there is not enough refrigerant in your system, the coil can get too cold. That can cause condensation that has collected on it to freeze up. You’ll want to have any refrigerant leaks fixed promptly, as serious damage to the compressor could result.

Of course, you may also have a very dirty air filter that is restricting airflow. That, too, can lead to ice developing on the evaporator coil, which may then thaw and lead to the “leak” that you’ve spotted. If this is the case, simply changing the air filter is all that needs to be done to resolve the problem. If there is no obvious sign of a dirty filter, though, be sure to contact us right away.

You Could Have Condensate Drain Issues

Your air conditioner is not a dehumidifier, either, but it does have some dehumidification effects on the air that it cools. That is why your system has a condensate drain line and drain pan. This allows the condensate to be removed from your home conveniently and reliably.

Unless, of course, algal growth has clogged up the drain line. Or the pan is misaligned. Or it’s corroded. There are a few reasons why the drain assembly may spill water out onto the floor surrounding your unit. The good news is that we can fix them all!

Schedule your AC services with Next Generation Air & Heat, Inc.

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