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Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

When the heat of summer is at its peak, the last thing that you want is to encounter problems with your home cooling system. However, it is important to remember that your air conditioner is a mechanical system, and that all mechanical systems are subject to operational problems from time to time. If you are concerned about your air conditioner, it’s always best to schedule professional air conditioning repairs in Everett, WA at the very first sign of trouble. The longer that you wait, the more likely serious problems with your AC are to develop. One concern we hear from time to time is that water is leaking from an air conditioning system.

If you notice water pooling around your air conditioning system, it is definitely possible that there is trouble afoot. However, remember that your air conditioner does not actually use water in its operation, so you are not actually dealing with a “water leak.” So where is this water coming from?

One possibility is that your air conditioner is icing up, and that the water that you are seeing is simply the result of that ice melting. An air conditioner may ice up for a couple of different reasons. First of all, your evaporator coil may be icing up, possibly due to a dirty air filter in your system. This could disrupt airflow over the evaporator coil, which causes temperatures to drop and ice to form. Additionally, you may have a refrigerant leak. This too causes the temperature of the coil to plummet, and can cause serious damage to your condenser/compressor if resolved.

Secondly, you may just have a backed up condensate drain line. When your system cools your home, it also dehumidifies it to a certain degree. That humidity results in condensation, which must be drained out of the property. If your drain line is clogged or backed up, it can give the appearance of a water leak.

Let G & S Heating Cooling & Electric handle your air conditioning services.

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