Air Conditioning Service - Why Is My Central Air Conditioner Leaking?
Water leaks can be a very serious issue, and can sneak up on you. If not attended to quickly, a leaky central air unit can cause real damage to your New Port Richey home, and you’ll need more than AC repair to fix it. Water damage can lead to mold or even structural integrity loss, so if you’re seeing water pooling around your central air, look into air conditioning service quickly.
Now that the scary part has been explained, let’s calm things down and go over what the most likely causes are. Fortunately, these are typically very easy to take care of, and are often something you can even do yourself. In fact, about 90% of all service calls for central air units are for leaks, and most homeowners don’t realize that quite a lot of these leaks are easily reparable without professional intervention.
The most common cause of a leaky central air conditioner is a clogged drain. A pipe (ordinarily PVC) carries condensate (that’d be water!) out of your home, usually draining externally, or draining into your existing plumbing system. Especially when those are simple external drains, it is possible for dirt, mold, insects, and other undesirables to get in there and wreak havoc on your drain line.
Fortunately, this isn’t a big repair at all. Most of the time, the prescribed method of AC repair in the case of a clogged drain is a Wet/Dry vacuum. That’s right, just go out to the external drainpipe, stick the nozzle of a Shopvac right up there, and vacuum out the line. If you’re lucky – and most people are – the offending bundle of bugs and dirt will be pulled right out, and your air conditioner will get back to normal service as usual, minus all the water.
Another common cause of leakage is a cracked or leaky overflow pan. You can definitely check this one out yourself. Grab a flashlight, get down there, and look over the pan itself for damage. Typically you can look right above the wettest spot, check the edges, and the corners, and find the culprit. If it’s very, very small, you might be able to epoxy it.
A third cause of leaking in central air units is a clogged or dirty air filter. Change this once a month or so, if you can remember. It’s often a case of out of sight, out of mind, but forgetting this can lead to a frozen evaporator coil, as ice forms inside the unit, and that melting ice can send water where you don’t want it to go.
As with many things in life, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – or, more accurately, a little regular maintenance can keep you from expensive air conditioning service bills in the New Port Richey area.
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