We get a lot of questions from Florida homeowners, but one of the most common questions we get is why their air conditioning system is leaking water into their home.
Air conditioners are expensive. So is having to pay for costly repairs. It’s a pain, it’s an inconvenience, and it can put a dent in your summer plans.
One way to nip problems in the bud (or to prevent them altogether) is to schedule regular maintenance checks. While it’s an extra expense up front, in the long run, they cost less than serious repairs, and expand the life of your AC unit.
Now, if you’re already getting annual checks but all of a sudden your AC started dripping water, don’t freak out. More often than not, this issue has simple fixes.
What Causes Water to Form in My AC System?
There’s a piece in your air conditioning system called an evaporator coil. The evaporator coil works to cool warm air as it blows over it.
As this process takes place, condensation can form on the coils similar to how water forms on a glass of water on a hot Florida day.
When your air conditioning system is functioning as it should, the excess condensation should drip into the drip pan and down through a condensate line that leads to the outside of your home.
Unfortunately, certain factors can cause this condensation to drain insufficiently (or not at all) and go into your home, which is obviously no good.
5 Reasons Your Air Conditioner Is Leaking Water
This can occur for a few different reasons. Fortunately, most are an easy fix.
1. Dirty Air Filters
If you haven’t changed your air filters in a while, they’re going to be covered in a thick layer of dust. Think of the lint tray in your clothes dryer, but tenfold.
The more people that live in your home (or if you have any pets, allergy sufferers, smokers, scented candle lovers, or live in a polluted city), the more often you have to change them.
Clogged air filters obstruct airflow. As a result, all the hot, moist air that’s absorbed by your air conditioner unit will condense inside the unit.
Instead of the water droplets going into a drip pan and being extracted through the condensate line, they will form a thick layer of ice on the coils. As they start to melt, your AC will drip water.
Now you have a wet floor, an air conditioner that doesn’t cool, and higher energy bills. Sounds pretty awful, doesn’t it? Nip the problem in the bud by changing your air filters regularly.
2. Refrigerant Leak
Extended exposure to refrigerant leak can be poisonous.
If in addition to dripping water, you hear a hissing noise, your air conditioner is not cooling properly, or frost is forming on the vents of your condenser unit, then you may have a refrigerant leak.
If you hear a hissing sound or experience any of the above signs you should call an HVAC company immediately for assistance.
There’s no point in going to a hardware store to purchase refrigerant yourself since EPA regulations restrict sales to licensed technicians.
3. Clogged Drain Line
Remember how we mentioned in point one that water droplets from air moisture are extracted through a condensate line? Well, all that water in a small enclosed space makes it the perfect place for mold and sludge to build up. If this happens and your AC drain line is clogged, it’ll start dripping water.
You can flush it regularly with distilled white vinegar, you can use a wet/dry vac to unclog it, or you can play it safe and forego possible electrocution by hiring an experienced HVAC technician to take care of it.
Related blogs: How to Clean Your AC Drain Line With Vinegar
4. Damaged Drip Pan
The drip pan we mentioned above will rust over time and a tray with holes will cause water to drip.
If you’ve changed your filters and the coils aren’t frozen, check the pan to see if it needs to be replaced.
If it looks like the parts recovered from the Titanic, go to a hardware store, purchase a new one, and ask an expert to install it for you.
5. Improper Installation
If the AC system wasn’t installed properly, either the unit or the drain pan may slightly tilt to one side, causing pooled condensation to drip.
This is one of the main reasons why you should always check whether an HVAC company is licensed in Florida before hiring them to do anything. You can verify this yourself by looking them up on the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations website. Because we like to make it easier for people, you can just click here to get there faster.
Contact Climate Design for AC Service in Clearwater, FL
If your air conditioning system is leaking water into your home, you need professional HVAC services right away.
At Climate Design, we provide AC installation, maintenance and repair services all over Tampa Bay: Clearwater, Largo, Palm Harbor, South Tampa, St. Pete Beach, Eastlake, Tarpon Springs, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Palmetto, New Port Richey.
If you’d rather leave the AC repairs to the pros, call us today or schedule an appointment online.
Call (888) 572-7245 to schedule your appointment