The sound of water dripping from the air conditioner is never something you want to ignore. A water leak means that something is wrong with your unit, that the problem could quickly become worse, and that there is also the risk of significant water damage. It also means that there is likely something going on with the unit's condensation system. Learn about some of the repairs you may need.
Condensation Line Unclogging
As the air from the outside unit passes over the evaporator coils, both heat and moisture from the air are removed. The moisture eventually settles in a pan below the coils. When everything is working well, the moisture constantly drains away through the condensation drain line.
The problem is that dust, dirt, and algae also collect in the pan and make their way into the drain line. All these particles create a blockage, that, in turn, prevents the moisture from draining away. The backed-up water cannot help but eventually begin to leak out of the unit. You will need a technician to unclog the line to promote proper drainage.
Drain Line Reconnection
Sometimes, a clog in the drain line is the least of your concerns. Instead, the drain line becomes completely detached, and the water drains wherever it can, rather than through the proper channels. It takes a lot to turn on an air conditioner, so when the unit comes on, there is often a subtle amount of vibration that generates through the unit during the process.
Over time, these minor vibrations can cause the drain line to loosen, and eventually complete detach. The only way to repair the leak is to have the drain line reconnected.
Condensation Pump Repairs
Another integral part of the water removal system is the condensation pump. When moisture is generated within the air conditioner, the condensation pump is responsible for pumping the excess moisture in the condensation pan out so that it can properly drain away.
When the pump fails, the water remains stagnant, and eventually, the moisture inside the unit overfills and begins to leak. The water inside the system can cause severe damage. Sometimes the repair to the condensation pump can be as simple as cleaning out all the gunk and buildup inside the pump or a problem with the pumping mechanism, or an extreme issue like a complete failure.
If your air conditioner is leaking water, contact an HVAC professional and ask them about air conditioning repair as quickly as possible.