AC & Heater Repair in San Antonio

Why is my Air Conditioner Leaking?

It’s that time of year when our air conditioning units are in full blast, which means we’re more likely to run into problems. One of the most common issues? Leaks. Homeowners with window units are more likely to discover draining malfunctions. Good news is that the problem can easily be identified.

Here are four reasons your air conditioner might be leaking:

Improper installation. For your AC to function properly, it must be installed correctly. In other words, your air conditioner must be mounted almost perfectly to the windowsill. Window units are designed to sit slightly toward the outside of your home, which allows condensation to drain from the coils to the condensation pan. If your AC unit is installed improperly (tilting slightly forward), water can easily get backed up and drip inside the home.

Old filter. Is your filter clogged? If so, it may be time to replace it. Clogged filters can prevent air from properly flowing through the unit, which reduces efficiency and creates condensation issues. To combat the issue, clean or replace the filter as needed. Looking for help? Call Schmidt Mechanical to take you through the process step-by-step.

Dirty coils. If you use your AC for long periods of time, the copper coils that contain the refrigerant may have caught debris and dirt. It’s important that coils be cleaned so that heat is exchanged efficiently and condensation is drained properly. Simply unplug the unit, remove the filter, and wipe down coils using warm soap water.

Clogged drain pan. Your drain pan is an essential part of your AC unit because it allows water to accumulate and and drain outside of the house. However, prolonged use can lead to an overflow of water in the drain pan. Fixing this issue may be tricky, so contact your local HVAC technician.

Do you have a leaky AC unit in your home? Turn to Schmidt Mechanical, your neighborhood AC guy! For more information, give us a call at (210) 361-7002 or visit our website.