Have you noticed water pooling around your air conditioning unit? If so, you might be wondering what causes it and how to fix the problem. Leaks can happen for various reasons and may seriously compromise the efficiency of your AC unit.

Here are a few things that could be causing your AC to leak water:

A Cracked Drain Pan

Usually, the AC drain pan collects all the condensed moisture that trickles off the evaporator coils and drains it into the condensate drain pipe, which in turn safely dumps the water outside the unit. However, your AC unit’s drain pan can crack over time due to wear and tear, rust, or age, causing it to leak the water it’s supposed to collect.

If you notice your AC unit’s drain pan is cracked, we advise you to contact a professional AC technician to fix the problem by replacing the broken pan with a brand new one.

A Clogged Condensate Drain Line

The condensate line may be clogged by dirt and debris that collects inside the AC unit. When this happens, it is likely that your unit’s drain pan will overflow, causing it to leak water. The condensate drain line is supposed to dump the water that collects inside the AC during normal operation.

This issue can be solved by vacuuming the condensate drain line to clear out the dirt and debris accumulated there. If this doesn’t work, you will need a professional AC technician to inspect your condensate line and clear out any debris that may be clogging it.

A Frozen Evaporator Coil

If your AC unit’s evaporator coil is frozen, the ice formed on the coils may thaw between cooling cycles and leak water outside the unit. The coils are filled with a refrigerant which helps to cool the warm air blowing over the evaporator, thus cooling your home. Therefore, when your AC unit isn’t running, ice forms on the coils and has time to thaw, resulting in water leaking out of your AC.

You can solve this issue by ensuring your unit’s air vents are open and free of any obstruction or replacing your air filter if it’s notably dirty. If these suggestions don’t work, you will need professional assistance.

Rely on the Pros

Fixing an AC unit that is leaking water can be a complicated and time-consuming process. If you’re unsure what the problem is or how to fix it, don’t hesitate to contact Shield Comfort Heating & Cooling. We provide air conditioning, heating, duct cleaning, refrigeration, and more in Indiana’s Columbus and Avon areas. Our highly trained and certified technicians offer 24/7 emergency services and are always happy to help. Contact us to schedule your service today!

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