Your air conditioner gives you cool temperatures inside your home through a cycle of evaporation and condensation. During standard operation, this produces water moisture, but the AC is designed to prevent it from getting out of the indoor cabinet and onto your rugs, floorboards, or furniture. If you notice water dripping from your air conditioner, it could indicate a serious issue that needs attention. Not only will your home suffer from water damage and increased humidity, but your AC may be in danger of needing further repairs if the leak continues.
Bell Plumbing and Heating has handled numerous water leaks during the decades we’ve provided Denver, CO air conditioner repairs. We can discover what is causing your leak and get it fixed.
Clogged condensate drain: The excess water produced from condensation during heat exchange drips down into a pan, where a drain siphons the water away through a tube or pipe. If something occurs to clog up this drain, such as dirt or biological growth, then the shallow condensate pan will start overflowing. You will need to get repairs done to remove the pan and clean out the blockage in the drain.
Loose connections: The drain in the condensate pan may be clean, but if the connection between the drain and the pipes or tubes gets loose, water will start leaking out. This can happen because of age, corrosion, or improper installation. The connection should be replaced, and the rest of the line checked for additional damage.
Refrigerant leak: What if the liquid leaking isn’t water? It might be refrigerant, the chemical vital for keeping you cool. Refrigerant cycles through an AC in a closed loop and doesn’t get used up during regular operation. If the refrigerant line develops leaks, its level (called its “charge”) will decrease, hindering the AC’s ability to remove heat from your house. These kinds of leaks require a technician to seal the breaks and then recharge the refrigerant to get your air conditioner back to its regular cooling ability.
Whatever the cause of the leak, it needs immediate attention. Unless you have HVAC training, it will be difficult to determine the cause of the leak, and you won’t be able to properly repair it with regular household tools. Contact Bell Plumbing and Heating, the trusted Denver AC professionals, before that leak can create any more problems for you and your air conditioning.