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Do I Need a Plumber if My AC Is Leaking Water?

April 12, 2016 | Blog

There are a lot of problems that homeowners may encounter with their air conditioning systems. One that we hear every so often is the concern over water leaks. While water leaks in your plumbing system are certainly of concern, the fact is that what seems to be water leaking out of your AC somewhere may not be quite so simple. An air conditioner does not actually use water in its operation, after all, so there is no water in the system to leak. That doesn’t mean that your eyes are deceiving you, though. You may well notice water pooling around your system. So, where is it coming from?

Ice May Be Melting

Great, you might think, my air conditioner is so cold that it’s making ice! My comfort is guaranteed! Unfortunately, counter-intuitive as it may seem, ice on your home cooling system is actually a sign of trouble, and potentially serious trouble, at that. Ice on your evaporator coil may mean that you have a dirty air filter, or that your refrigerant levels are low due to leaks. This can cause problems with heat absorption, causing the coils to freeze. When the ice on them melts, it can give the appearance of a water leak. You’ll need to change your filter in the best-case scenario. If you have refrigerant leaks, you’ll need to hire a professional AC repair technician in Madera, CA to pinpoint and repair them, and to charge your refrigerant back to proper levels.

Is Your Drain Line Clogged?

An unsung hero in any air conditioning system is the condensate drain line. An air conditioner dehumidifies the air somewhat as it cools. The moisture that it draws out of the air condensates on the coil (hence the freezing issue mentioned above), and must be drained out of the house. This is where the condensate drain line comes into play. If your condensate drain is cracked, or if the line is clogged up, you may wind up with water coming from the system.

Contact Lee’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Building Performance for all of your AC and plumbing service needs.

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