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Why is My AC Leaking?

Understanding and Addressing Your Air Conditioner Leaks

Noticed your AC acting up like a waterfall lately? Well, you’re not alone. AC leaks are annoying and can harm your home and finances if ignored. At Patton Plumbing Heating and AC, we explain why this happens and how to fix it.

Common Causes of Air Conditioner Leaks

Condensation and Its Role in AC Leaks

First off, let’s talk about the waterworks. As your AC cools, it pulls moisture from the air—like condensation on a cold soda. That water drips into a pan and out a drain line. Sounds simple, right? But when things go wrong, that’s when you get leaks.

Detailed Causes of AC Leaks

A. Clogged Condensate Drain Lines

One of the top culprits here is a clogged condensate drain. Over time, this line can get blocked with all sorts of gunk—think algae, dirt, or even pet hair (yes, Fluffy’s shedding can cause trouble here too). A good ol’ cleaning might just do the trick. Grab a wet/dry vac or give us a ring, and we can clear that up with no fuss.

B. Frozen Evaporator Coils

Another issue could be your evaporator coils turning into an ice block. Poor airflow, low refrigerant levels, or just a dirty coil can cause this chilly problem. Keeping things clean and checked can prevent your system from freezing up and turning your drip pan into an overflow pool.

C. Issues with Air Filters

Speaking of airflow, let’s talk about filters. These guys need a swap every so often (we recommend every 30 days during high-use seasons) to keep your air—and your AC system—moving smoothly. A clogged filter is like trying to breathe through a pillow—not very effective, right?

D. Faulty Installation Problems

Got a new system that’s giving you grief? Sometimes, leaks happen because an AC wasn’t installed correctly. It’s crucial to have skilled pros like us handle your setup to ensure everything’s ticking just right.

E. Low Refrigerant Levels

Low on juice? Not the good kind you drink, but refrigerant—your AC’s lifeblood. When it’s low, it can make your coils too cold and cause a freeze-thaw situation that leads to leaks. If you hear gurgling or hissing, that’s your system crying out for a top-up.

F. Damaged Components: Drain Pans and Pumps

Older units might have worn-out pans or busted pumps. These parts are crucial for getting that condensation out of your system and outside where it belongs. Ignoring these can lead to water damage fast.

G. Leaks in Refrigerant Lines

And don’t forget about the refrigerant lines themselves! These can crack or corrode over time, leading to both water and refrigerant leaks. That’s double trouble that needs professional eyes.

Preventing Future AC Leaks

Routine Maintenance Tips

The best fix is always prevention. Regular maintenance not only keeps leaks at bay but also keeps your system running smoothly and your energy bills down. Consider setting up a regular check-up schedule with us—it’s like a health plan, but for your AC!

Long-Term Solutions and Upgrades

And if your system is old or continually problematic, it might be time to talk about upgrades. Today’s systems are more efficient and less leak-prone. We can help you find the perfect fit for your home and budget.

Remember, a leaking AC is more than just a nuisance; it can be a sign of bigger issues. Don’t let a small drip turn into a major flood. Call us at Patton Plumbing Heating and AC, or visit our website to schedule an appointment. Let’s keep your home cool and comfy all year long!

Looking for more tips and tricks? Check out our blogs on HVAC services for everything you need to know about keeping your air conditioner in top shape!