You probably do not think of water having much connection to the operation of your air conditioning. It’s not part of the plumbing, nor does it use the flow of water to provide comfortable temperatures the way a boiler does. Yet water is part of how an air conditioner carries out the job of heat exchange: as the indoor evaporator coil absorbs heat from your home, it also causes water vapor in the air to condense across the coil. The dripping sound you periodically hear from the AC is this water moisture dripping down into a pan, where a drain and pump safely remove it.
Under normal circumstances, you won’t need to give this water moisture much consideration. But there are occasions when you might notice water puddling around your AC: this indicates an issue that needs repairs before it can cause expensive damage and lower your comfort. Call for the skilled technicians at Command A/C for the necessary repair in Orange County, CA to stop the water leaking before it becomes worse.
Why are these puddles happening?
You can probably guess at why water leaking into your home is a problem: expensive water damage, pests and vermin, mold and mildew, and increased humidity in your home. The reasons for it to start are varied. Here are the three most common reasons:
- Clogged drain or drain line: Like any drain, the one in the condensate pan can develop clogs that will slow or stop drainage of the water in the pan. Often algal growth is responsible. Because of how shallow the drip pan is, it will take no time at all for the condensation in it to overflow the pan and enter your home. Water overflow can often trigger a sensor switch that will shut off the air conditioning to prevent more overflow.
- Detached pan/detached drain: If the pan and the drain become disconnected because the pan is dislodged (something that sometimes occurs because of amateur tampering in the cabinet) or the drain can break off because of corrosion. Water will start to spill out directly—and this is worrisome if you have furnace installed below!
- Malfunctioning condensate pump: The electrically-powered pump sits further down the drain line, where it collects condensate until it reaches a certain level, and then the pump pushes the water out into the plumbing system. The pump could burn out and need replacement. Kinks in the line or bad connections could also cause it to stop pumping water from the condensate pan.
Since condensate problems can threaten to stop your air conditioning, lower your indoor air quality, and damage your home and furnace, don’t wait to call for help when you see water puddles around the AC.
Command A/C provides full service installation, maintenance, and AC repair in Orange County, CA. One call to us will take care of those leaks from your air conditioning.