We would all agree that when you find water anywhere in your home, on top of feeling frustrated, you typically have a reason for concern. You start by wondering what the source of the water leak is and how much damage it is going to cause on your wallet. Not to mention the damage it can cause on your living space. When the source of your water leak stems from your air conditioning system, there is no time to delay! You may find yourself faced with extensive damage to your home and a wide range of costly repair bills if you wait. There are a number of elements that can help you source the problem of your air conditioner leak. The experts here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling want to take a few minutes to help explain.
First off, the most common cause is that of a condensate drain line that is clogged or a drain line that is disconnected. Both issues can cause water to leak from your AC system. Your AC system cools your home by removing the water vapors from the atmosphere and condensing the vapors into water, which is then collected on your evaporator coil and flows downward through the system’s drain line. This drain line is more often than not the source of the water leak. If this line gets clogged with debris the backup will then cause leaks and can even cause the line to crack or rupture. Additionally, if your drain line is not securely fastened or connected, vibrations can, over time, cause it to become loosened and create water leaks in your home.
The next culprit can be a clogged or rusted drain pan. For those AC units located in a home’s basement, there is typically a drain pan that the drain line empties condensate into. This condensate is then pumped out by way of a condensate pump. If the drain pan is old and has rusted, chances are holes and cracks have developed which lead to water leaks. The condensate pump on your system can actually malfunction or entirely break down and cause the pan to overflow which would result in the presence of water in your home.
Finally, a frozen evaporator coil as well as a dirty or damaged evaporator coil can result in water leaks as well. If you see a bit of ice on your evaporator coil, this is cause for alarm. If you allow your AC unit to keep running with this condition present, you may entirely ruin your compressor which will be quite costly to repair or replace. As a result, you may end up having to replace your entire cooling system. A frozen evaporator coil can occur because of a reduction in airflow over the coils, that typically happens because of a clogged air filter, or you have a refrigerant leak. Whatever the cause of the frozen evaporator coil, be sure to turn your system off immediately and contact the professionals here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling right away.
It is essential to have your system inspected by professionals in order to identify specific problems and provide effective solutions. Spring is here, which means summer is immediately around the corner. The pros here at South Nashville Heating and Cooling want to ensure that all our valued clients are prepped and ready for the scorching summer months ahead. With that said, if you have water leaks stemming from your AC system, then be sure to turn off your AC system to protect it from any further damage, clean up the water that has already leaked and then give a call out to our friendly, professional techs today. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with the highest quality HVAC products and services this side of Tennessee!