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Why Is There Condensation In My AC System?
Your home’s air conditioning system may show some startling signs at times. For instance, it can leak water. You may come to the assumption that a component inside your air conditioner is broken or malfunctioning. You may not necessarily have to dial a repairman right away as long as you are able to detect what is happening and act accordingly.
When your air conditioner’s evaporator coils meet warm air, it will gather moisture and then send it to the condensate pan for drainage.This is a normal process and you should not be worried. However, if it produces too much condensation, leaks profusely, and fosters mold and mildew, it may lead to bigger problems.
Leaking On Hot Days
On noticeably hotter days, typical of the summer season, your home’s air conditioning system will be running continuously in order to keep the temperature cool. It will dehumidify the place by gathering the warm, humid air and swapping it for cooler air.
Since there is more humidity taken in during times of warmer temperature, your air conditioner will most likely produce much more condensation than usual and that may cause your condensate pan to overflow. If this process occurs regularly, it may be best to contact an HVAC professional and discuss better ways for your air conditioner to cool your home.
A Restricted Airflow Will Freeze Condensation
An air conditioner’s filters are responsible for keeping the airflow clean by catching dirt and debris. After some time, it will become too dirty and filled with particles that it will affect the airflow. Once this happens, your AC’s evaporator coils will likely form ice inside and will lead to copious leaking.
To avoid this, always remember to regularly change your air conditioner’s filter. Once or twice a month is the recommended frequency of air filter replacement.
Drain Line Becomes Disconnected
If your air conditioner is not properly installed, chances are its drain pipe fittings are not thoroughly put in place. In time, it will loosen up and detachment occurs, sending condensation to the ceiling or down to the floor.
Rotten Insulation Will Also Lead To Leaking
A cause more common in older homes, if your air conditioner’s insulation is too worn out, it may also result to leaking. This is because instead of the condensation flowing into the evaporator coil or the condensate pan, it will flow through the holes or tears of the insulation. If you live in an old house or you notice water leaking from the insulation, simply tape it up or replace it if it is too corroded.
Calling an HVAC professional is not necessary if you are aware of the causes of your air conditioner’s leakage. However, it may often be necessary to bring in a licensed specialist so that you would not have to risk damaging your HVAC system more. Call Ardmore Fresh Air at (847) 792-1019 for assistance when dealing with air conditioner problems such as leakages.