The evaporator coil (on the right) in your AC’s inside unit cools the air that passes over it, just like when water droplets form on a cold glass of water during a hot day. The moisture from this condensation accumulates in the drain pan and then flows out of your home through a white PVC pipe called the condensate drain line. In order to prevent any potential leaks into your home, here are some causes you should be aware of:
- 1) Clear the clogs in your condensate drain line for smoother, more efficient operation.
- 2) The drain pan is a sorry sight, with rust and damage marring its surface.
- 3) Troubled by a broken condensate pump?
- 4) Air filter clogged with debris?
- 5) Diminished refrigerant levels
Clear the clogs in your condensate drain line for smoother, more efficient operation.
If you’re experiencing water dripping from your AC unit, the most probable cause is a blocked condensate drain line. Dust, dirt, sludge, and mold can all accumulate in the pipe and prevent it from draining properly – leading to overflowing liquid inside your home. To remedy this issue try using a wet/dry vac on the pipe first. If that doesn’t work then calling HVAC professional help may be necessary as they will have access to specialized vacuums designed specifically for unclogging these blockages quickly and effectively.
The drain pan is a sorry sight, with rust and damage marring its surface.
Have an older air conditioner (12-15 years) that’s seen its better days? The drain pan could be broken or rusted through, leaving you with a gaping hole for leakage and water damage. To avoid further complications, replacing the pan is your best option.
Troubled by a broken condensate pump?
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Does your furnace or indoor AC unit reside in the basement? If so, then you most likely have a condensate pump that removes any moisture. When this system malfunctions, no water is removed, and can cause flooding when left unrepaired. You must assess the situation to either mend or replace the broken pump as soon as possible!
Air filter clogged with debris?
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When your air filter becomes clogged, the airflow is blocked from reaching the evaporator coil. This will cause it to become extremely cold and eventually freeze over. When this happens, you may find that an excess amount of water is dripping out when it melts due to overflow in its pan. To avoid these problems, be sure to check your air filter every 1-3 months (depending on the season) and change it if necessary for optimal performance!
Diminished refrigerant levels
Just like a clogged air filter, the insufficient refrigerant in the AC system reduces pressure and causes the evaporator coil to freeze up. Consequently, when it thaws out, water overflows from its drain pan. You’ll recognize that you’re running low on refrigerant if your air conditioner isn’t cooling sufficiently, or you hear hissing or bubbling noises that are indicative of a leaky line. Depending on how severe the leakage is, either repairing it or exchanging it for an all-new set of units will be necessary.