It pays to keep an eye on your air conditioner or HVAC system – if your air conditioner is leaking water, it can be a subtle indicator of a serious problem. Bruno Air offers the insight to help you narrow down the source. By doing this, you will be able to take the appropriate steps to ensure your system continues to run smoothly.
Determine Whether Your AC Has a Leak or Condensation
If your air conditioner is showing a little condensation or dripping water, it may just be part of the system doing its job. An AC unit uses heat exchange to cool your home through refrigerant. How does this work exactly? Outdoor coils condense the material which in turn causes it to get hot. As the refrigerant moves to the indoor expansion coil, it becomes extremely cold. From there, it absorbs the heat from the air which cools off the interior of your home.
Meanwhile, the moisture in the air condenses on the outside of the coils to drip into a condensate pan. If this is what you’re seeing, don’t panic! That’s simply how your system works. However, a leak and a drip are two different things.
Water is directed out of the system through a drain line. If you notice leaking water, it could mean your drain line is blocked which will cause your condensate pan to overflow.
How to Address a Water Leak
One of the best ways to fix a leak in your AC system is to schedule a preventative maintenance appointment. This tune-up service allows an HVAC professional to do a comprehensive inspection of your system by examining coils, condensate pans, drain lines, refrigerant lines and all the moving parts. During the inspection, the technician will make adjustments as needed.
Drain lines can be cleaned to restore the flow of water from the condensate pan. The cleaning of your coils and pan ensures the removal of mold and bacteria that can contaminate your airstream. It’s important to keep your coils clean so that they don’t freeze up. This can stress or permanently damage your compressor.
Your system can also be adversely affected by low refrigerant levels. A tune-up can deal with irritating problems like leaks while improving the performance and extending the life of your air conditioning or HVAC system. Scheduling service for your AC equipment in the spring and heating equipment in the fall ensures optimum home comfort and efficiency throughout the year.
Additional HVAC Equipment Issues to Look Out For
While a tune-up can help limit issues, it’s important to know when you should call your contractor for an HVAC repair or diagnosis. Below are a few other issues to look out for:
- If you system won’t turn on, be sure that the settings haven’t been adjusted and that the power supply isn’t disrupted.
- If your system operates but fails to cool your home, you could be dealing with refrigerant problems.
- Poor airflow in part or all of your house may indicate issues with your ducts or your blower fan.
If you encounter any of these issues, you’ll want to pick up the phone and contact one of Bruno Air’s professionals right away to ensure a quick diagnosis and repair. Our team is always ready to assist our neighbors with all their HVAC concerns. Give us a call today to receive additional information or schedule an appointment.