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Why is My AC Leaking Water?

Most of the time, little attention is paid to the central air conditioning system as long as the unit is functioning as expected. However, a glance out the window to see a puddle of water around the outdoor compressor unit or indoors next to the evaporator unit might be alarming. Understanding when an AC that leaks water is normal and when it is not could prevent unnecessary and unexpected repairs.

Normal Condensation from Air Conditioning Systems

Depending on the weather, the setting on the thermostat and the amount of water around the air conditioning system, the situation could be normal. Do not be alarmed if:

  • There is a small amount of water indoors near the condensate drain pipe. This is a common effect of an air conditioner working very hard on a particularly hot or humid day. Monitor the situation. If the amount of water grows or persists, the air conditioner may require repair.
  • There is a small puddle around the outdoor unit. This may simply be the result of the system's normal recycling of water.

When Leaking Water Is a Problem

A large amount of water or water that persists for more than a day is a cause for concern. Only a certified heating and cooling service technician can pinpoint the problem with your Middleburg, FL air conditioner. Some possible causes include:

  • A dirty air filter. This causes restricted airflow to the evaporator's coils. The coils can freeze, causing water to spill out of the condensate drain pan.
  • A crack in the condensate drain pan allows water to leak out of the air conditioner.
  • An obstruction in the condensate drain pipe may force water to back up and out of the drain pan, getting all over the floor.

What To Do If You Discover Leaking Water from the Air Conditioner

Try replacing the air filter and bleaching the condensate line. If neither of these activities fixes the leak, the problem may be elsewhere or more extensive, requiring the expertise of a professional. If there is a large amount of water, immediate action is required to prevent a major problem.

Finding an AC that leaks water is not uncommon, but it can represent a problem for the operation and safety of the air conditioning system. At Mike Merritt Heating & Air, we are here 24/7 to answer your calls about leaking air conditioners and other heating and cooling system issues.  Please give us a call for additional information.


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