At R.J. Wiley, you’d be surprised by the number of service calls we get concerning leaky air conditioners. Although these leaks may be relatively small, if left unchecked they can cause serious damage: leaks in you air conditioner can negatively impact the performance of your unit and even cause structural water damage to your home depending on the placement of your unit. Here are a few of the most common causes of air conditioner leaks as well as some solutions from the HVAC technicians at R.J. Wiley.
Overflowing Drain Pan
One of the most common causes of an air conditioner leak is a hole is an overflowing drain pan. The drain pan is a mechanism that catches the condensation that your A/C unit pulls in. If you’re experiencing a leak, check your drain pan—empty out any excess liquid and then inspect the pan for holes, cracks, and other signs of damage. Small damages can be patched up with epoxy glue, but for best results it’s a good idea to replace the pan with a new one.
Dirty Air Filter
Another common culprit of air conditioner leaks is a clogged air filter. The best way to avoid this problem is to change your air filter every few months. Remember to inspect your filter more frequently during the spring and summer, when increased used can cause filters to wear out faster. A dirty filter causes ice to form on the unit’s evaporator coils, and when that ice melts, it will cause leaks.
Keeping your drain pan intact and your air filters clean will help you avoid any leakage from your air conditioner this spring. These problems can often be solved without the help of a professional technician. If your air conditioner leak is more serious or you can’t find the source of the leak, contact us at R.J. Wiley for fast, reliable and professional HVAC support. For more information about our air conditioner and HVAC services, including installation, maintenance and repair, contact us today at R.J. Wiley.