Why Is Water Leaking From My Air Conditioner?

You rely on your air conditioner to keep you and your family cool during the hot Toronto summertime. Whether you live in Toronto, York Region and the GTA you need to know that your air conditioner is working properly and there is a company that you can count on the ensure it remains reliable all summer long. When you have a problem with your air conditioner it’s important to call a reputable and experienced company like Ductless Air to take care of the repairs or replacement.

One of the most common questions we receive is “why is water leaking from my air conditioner?”. There are a few reasons this might be happening, but it’s certainly something that you don’t want to ignore and hope it goes away on its own. Allowing your air conditioner to continue operating with a leak can lead to water damage in your home, mold growth that can be a health hazard, damage to your air conditioner, as well as very costly repairs. Essentially, a leaking air conditioner is an emergency that should be taken care of and fixed as quickly as possible.

Where Water Develops In An Air Conditioner

Actually, water is a normal side effect of the cooling process of an air conditioner. Condensation typically forms on the evaporator coil of an air conditioner. The coil gets very cold as the refrigerant inside it turns into gas and absorbs the heat from the air in your home. When this happens the humidity in the air creates moisture on the coil in a similar way to a glass of cold water outside on a hot day.

Where Does The Water Normally Go?

The condensation that collects on the air conditioner coil needs somewhere to go as it isn’t heated at all and won’t evaporate. Every air conditioning system has a condensate drain system that has a tray under the coil to catch the water and a hose or tube that leads to a drain where the water can run off. Typically, this system is very simple and few problems should occur if it’s installed properly.

So, What Goes Wrong?

There are a few reasons this drainage system might fail or your might experience water leaking from your air conditioner. If the drainage system is installed incorrectly water might not land in the drainage tray, flow down the drainage tube and reach the floor drain. Usually, when water is leaking it’s because water isn’t flowing through the drainage pipe, or it can’t flow through it. If the tube is clogged with debris, has a kink, or leaking then water will be diverted to an area that doesn’t have a drain and you’ll notice water puddles or creating a moist environment.

Another reason for water not going where it should could be due to mineral buildup from the water. If there is a lot of corrosion or mineral deposits in the water then that can also lead to a plugged tube or deteriorating drainage tray.

Simple maintenance inspections by a reputable and experienced HVAC company like Ductless Air are the best way to ensure your system is working properly and all leaks are quickly addressed. For more information about air conditioner maintenance, air conditioner repairs, or and HVAC need contact Ductless Air today: 647-547-6079

Ductless Air has been providing affordable and professional HVAC services to residents in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.