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August 22, 2019

How to Fix a Leaking Air Conditioner

how to fix a leaking air conditioner

Sweating it out in summer can be downright miserable for many of us. But when your AC system also starts to perspire, it’s a sign of worse to come. An HVAC water leak is often a symptom of a more severe issue under the surface, such as a frozen coil, overflowing drain pan, or clogged drain line. In this article, the pros at Gold Star Services discuss how to fix a leaking air conditioner and prevent more issues down the line.

At Gold Star Services, we provide air conditioning repairs, installation, replacement, and maintenance plans for electric, gas, or oil furnaces, air conditioners, and heat pumps, as well as state of the art equipment and air treatment systems. Whether you want a new system or require prompt repairs for an old unit, our pros have you covered. Contact us today at 1-302-947-8694 to schedule a home visit.

How to Fix a Leaking Air Conditioner

In order to fix the leak, you need to determine the cause of the leak. Here are a few common reasons for why an air conditioner might be leaking water, and how to fix them.

  1. Frozen evaporator coils. If airflow is restricted, for example because the filter is dirty, the evaporator coils can freeze and drip water from the ice. In this example, a simple fix is to change the dirty filters. However, evaporator coils can freeze from a number of other causes, such as blocked vents, a broken blower motor, or lack of refrigerant. If changing the filter doesn’t do the trick, you will need to ask an HVAC technician to diagnose the problem.
  2. Drain pan problems. The permanent drain pan under the indoor air handler catches condensation. There is usually a second, removable drain pan underneath the AC unit. Turn off the AC and inspect the drain pan and pipe for leaks and cracks with a flashlight. If you find a crack, you’ll need to call a professional to find a replacement, at least for the permanent drain pan.
  3. Clogged condensate drain line. The condensate line can be blocked with debris and fungi, and needs to be cleaned once in a while. If you don’t have a wet-dry vacuum, you’ll need a professional technician to do this job.

Fix Leaks Promptly with Gold Star Services

With a wide range of possible causes, it can be difficult to determine why your air conditioner is leaking. If you’re not sure how to fix a leaking air conditioner, the pros at Gold Star Services have the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and repair your system in record time. During a home visit, our technicians will use drop cloths and booties so your office or home looks exactly the same as it did when we arrived.

Make sure a leak doesn’t turn into a flood of problems – turn to the pros at Gold Star Services. We have extensive experience with all common AC issues, as well as more complicated problems. We are experts at installing, repairing, and maintaining a wide variety of HVAC systems, including heat pumps, ductless split systems, furnaces, portable units, and more. Call 1-302-947-8694 to schedule an appointment!

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