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Why Would Water Leak from an Air Conditioner?

When water leaks from your air conditioning system, it could result in hundreds or thousands of dollars in damages to your home. We’ve heard of some pretty severe situations where water leakage has ruined kitchen cabinets or floor boards and we want to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

Learn why water leakage occurs with central air conditioning systems from the guide below, and know what to do to prevent leakage.

How Water Drains from AC Systems

Your standard central air conditioning system isn’t hooked up to the plumbing pipes, so where would water leakage come from? Condensation collects on the cold evaporator coil of your air conditioner as warm, humid air blows past it. This is normal, and it helps to dehumidify the air, making you more comfortable when it’s hot.

Typically, a drainage system ensures that water evacuates the home. A tray is underneath the coil, and water drips into the tray and pours out a hole in the bottom to a drainpipe.

What Goes Wrong

However, there are a few reasons this system can stop working. The tray could get moved on accident, or it might even develop a hole. More often, the problem is with the drainpipe. It might get clogged up with debris over time, causing water to back up and overflow into your home.

What You Should Do

We recommend that you schedule maintenance at the beginning of the cooling season or as early on in the summer or spring as you can. During this visit, a local air conditioning and heating technician should take a look at your AC system, making some adjustments along the way. One of these adjustments may be to clean out the condensate drain, as necessary. Or, if a problem is detected, the technician will let you know so that you can get the problem repaired.

Boehmer Heating & Cooling provides air conditioner repair and maintenance in the Baldwin/Whitehall area. Call our friendly staff for exceptional customer service.

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