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Why is My Air Conditioner Leaking?

January 2, 2017 | Blog

Roofing, umbrellas, rain boots and shower curtains were all created for a reason. We like our water in drinking glasses, swimming pools and fish tanks – not soaking up our walls, clothes and floors. So, it’s only natural to panic a little when discovering that your air conditioner is leaking water inside your home. Luckily, you know you can count on the pros at Lee’s Air for all of your Fresno AC repair questions.

Why is there condensation on my Air Conditioner?

Let’s start with where the water is coming from in the first place. In central air conditioning units, an evaporator coil is used to cool the warm air blown across it. Just like you see when taking a cold beverage outside on a summer day, condensation will form on the coil. In a perfect world, that moisture falls into a condensate drain pan and travels safely outside your home. However, a few circumstances can stop the moisture from exiting your home.

Clogged AC Drain Pan

If this is your first time hearing of a condensate drain pan, and you’ve lived in your home for several years, chances are that it’s slowly accumulating dust and dirt that can clog its drain line. With the drain line blocked, all of the moisture from your evaporator coil has nowhere to go but out into your home. You can clear a blocked drain line with a wet/dry vacuum and properly sized PVC pipe adapter (typically 3/4 inch – 1 inch). If you would prefer to have a professional HVAC technician correct the problem, give Lee’s Air a call!

Rusted or Damaged Drain Pain

If your AC unit is over 10 years old, it’s wise to inspect your drain pan for any damage or rust that water can escape through into your home. New drain pans can be found at your local home improvement store and online. Make sure to measure your existing pan to ensure that your replacement is a good fit.

If your AC is leaking water into your home and you can’t determine the source, give our team at Lee’s Air a call for fast and friendly AC repair in Fresno!

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