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Potential Problems That Can Cause an Air Conditioner to Leak Water

Condensation, as the dehumidifier in your air conditioner works to pull moisture out of the air, is normal. Anything over the normal condensation amount is considering leaking. When an air conditioner leaks water it becomes a source for various problems. Preventing conditions that will cause an air conditioning system to leak goes a long way to avoiding further complications. Here are some ways you can spot potential problems that can cause your air conditioner to leak.

Improper Installation

First, make sure your air conditioner is installed properly by checking if it is level. An uneven installation will cause leaks. If there is too much pressure in the system, caused by closed household vents, this will lead to leaks from the valves creating pooling water.

Broken Pump

When an air conditioner leaks water, your condenser pump should be checked to make sure it is operating properly. Pour water into the condenser pan and then check if the unit is pumping out the extra water. If no, the pump may be the issue. Ensure the pump is connected to its power source. If yes, then a check of the motor orĀ  the condenser is in order. It is recommended you call a qualified professional to diagnose the problem further.

Drain Hole Blockage

When your air conditioning system removes water, it drains the water away from the unit, keeping the condenser pan from overflowing. If this drain area is blocked by accumulated debris or other material, it will cause leakage. Follow the tubing leading to the drain end and clear the visible blockage at that point. The water level in the condenser pan should be draining properly after the blockage is cleared.

Cold Outdoor Temperatures

When the temperature begins to drop outdoors the water in the condenser pan can actually build up due to the lower temperatures. Water increases around the air conditioning unit and begins to pool. You need not worry if it is a small pool of water because as outdoor temperatures rise, normal evaporation will stop the pooling. If the water becomes excessive, you should shut the unit down.

Air Leakage

Tight seals on your air conditioner are important to prevent warm air from seeping inside the unit. Excessive warm air makes moisture contained with it begin to condense as it meets the cooler are inside the unit. As this process repeats, pools of water form below unit. You can check the seals and reseal any that need attention.

Pooling water can lead to problems in your foundation and surrounding areas when your air conditioner leaks water. It attracts outdoor pests including a breeding area for mosquitos and can be a harbor for mold and mildew. Excessive pooling is a signal your air conditioner is not working efficiently. This leads to increasing energy costs and cooling capacity could be adversely affected. Call a air conditioning expert for help with determining the sources of excessive water pooling to keep your air conditioner running at top efficiency. If you would like more information on having a qualified professional inspect your air conditioner, please contact us.

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