Hey there, my name is Russell Tyson. I am going to use this site to educate my readers about services offered by plumbing professionals. When I first started my company, I was unaware of all the necessary plumbing procedures needed to keep the toilets from backing up. My clients often failed to notify me when a toilet started to fail, likely due to embarrassment or a lack of time. Luckily, I was clued into the value of hiring plumbers to perform regular maintenance and repairs on the toilets to keep them in fine shape. I hope to detail those services on this site to inspire others to embrace preventative plumbing procedures.
Central air conditioners are a godsend during the hot summer months. However, they are not maintenance-free devices. They do require some work, and you also might see some common issues with them. One of the more common problems involves the leaking of water from the unit. Keep reading to understand this problem and what a plumber or an HVAC professional will do to make a repair.
Why Does Water Leak From The AC Unit?
Most often, water from a central AC system will leak from the small drain line called the condensate drain. This is the drain system that collects the water that condensates on the cooling coil. And, depending on where the system is in your home, this drain line may run several feet before it releases water outside your house. This means that there the line can leak through walls, ceilings, or simply into your basement.
In addition to the line itself, the unit does have a pan where water collects. The pan is not meant to fill with water completely to the point that it overflows, but this does sometimes happen. Overflows are the result of too much condensation or a pan drain that is clogged with debris. In some cases, the drain line is simply not connected to the pan any longer.
Also, if your drain line has to move water upward to get it outside the home, then this requires a drain pump. This pump can malfunction and when it needs to be replaced, it can easily cause a leak problem.
How Is The Leak Stopped?
Your HVAC or plumbing professional will complete a service visit to make sure that the leak issue is identified and repaired. The location of the leak is found and then tracked back to the AC unit to see if there are any obvious signs of breaks or line dislodgements. Also, the drain pan is investigated for any holes or breaks. If there are no obvious signs of damage, then the unit may be turned on. This will allow the professional to see how much water forms on the coolant coil and drips to the pain. Also, the water is observed to see if it easily runs to and through the drain line.
The issue is resolved once it is located. Oftentimes, the repair is a simple one. In some situations though, the professional may suggest a brand-new unit. Specifically, the increase in water coming from the cooling coil may be a sign that the unit is no longer efficient or effective. For more information, speak with a professional who provides air conditioning services.Share