Why is my AC leaking water?


Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Summer is the worst time for your air conditioner to break down. One of the more common problems we see is when your Las Vegas air conditioner starts leaking water. While Ambient Edge has technicians standing by to help you in a crisis, it doesn’t make up for the mess you’ll have if your air conditioner springs a leak. If you notice your unit leaking water, the first step is to turn off the unit, which will help prevent further damage. Next, call Ambient Edge to schedule a repair.

What causes an air conditioner leak?

In your air conditioner, there is an evaporator coil under the outside metal cover. Its job is to cool the air that is blown over the coils. This process causes moisture to form on the coil, kind of like how condensation forms on a glass of ice water outside on a sunny day. That water drips down a drain line and into a drain pan and any one of these processes could malfunction, causing a leak.

Some of the specific problems that can occur include:

· A clogged drain line. This is one of the most common issues we see. Usually, the line will get clogged with good old desert dust and dirt, but sometimes we see mold or just general gunk in there. Our job is to troubleshoot the problem and then clear the blockage.

· Rusting air conditioner drain pan. If your air conditioning unit is more than eight to 10 years old, the cause of your leak might be a big lacy rust hole. We usually can fix that quickly by replacing the drain pan.

· Busted condensate pump. This gets a little more complicated. If you have an indoor air conditioning unit, there is a pump that moves the water from the unit outside. If that process stops, you’re in for a mess. Replacing the pump is a top priority.

· Dirty air filter. We cannot stress enough the importance of regularly changing the air filter. It’s a simple inexpensive way to prolong the life of your unit. A dirty filter can even block the flow of air over the evaporator coil. That usually causes it to ice up. When the ice melts, you’ll have a puddle. On the flip side, this is an easy fix.

· Low refrigerant. When this happens, it lowers the air conditioning unit’s pressure, again, freezing over the evaporator coil. Same process as a dirty air filter; the ice melts, and the flood happens. Pay attention to your unit; if it’s not cooling the home, or if there’s a bubbling or hissing noise, you may even have a refrigerant leak. This is a big deal and we usually have to replace the entire unit in these situations.

If your air conditioner is leaking call us right away. Our mission is to keep your family comfortable even during the hottest of days.

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