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As the weather gets warmer, you want your air conditioning ready and working whenever you need it. A little beginning of the season preventative care and maintenance goes a long way to keep your AC running well.
In this installment of our new homeowner series, we’re going to tackle a common question – a leaking air conditioner.
Why Is Water Leaking From My Air Conditioner?
If the “leak” is outside, the first thing to check is if the air conditioner or HVAC unit really is leaking. Condensation is a normal byproduct of using an air conditioner, but not everyone – especially new homeowners – realizes that. More than one new homeowner has used their AC, turned it off to leave the house, and then, when they found a wet spot on the sidewalk or path below their air conditioner, assumed it was a problem.
Common Reasons Why Your AC is Leaking:
- Disconnected Drain Line
If you installed your air conditioner yourself or if your AC or HVAC was incorrectly installed, the drain line might not be connected. Another issue could be that it was connected but not tightly so vibrations from using the air conditioner jiggled it loose.
- Cracked Condenser Drain Pan
The drip pan goes under the evaporator coils, collecting the moisture from the coils. A cracked pan can be the source of a leak because the water isn’t diverting properly.
- Clogged Drain Line
A clogged line is probably the most common reason for air conditioner leaks, Dirt, debris, rust, algae, etc. can all cause clogs.
- Clogged Air Filter
Frozen coils can be a byproduct of a clogged air filter. When they thaw, it creates a leak.
- Condenser Pump Problems
If the condenser pump becomes dirty or fails, that can cause water leaks.
- Low Refrigerant
Insufficient refrigerant can lead to frost build-up on the condenser coils which then causes a leak.
- Outside Is Too Cold
Running your air conditioner when it’s too cool outside can cause ice to build-up on the coils and leak later.
Should I Turn Off My Leaking AC?
Yes, if your air conditioner is leaking, turn it off before investigating the cause of the problem. If you keep letting it run, the compressor can fail, which is an expensive repair or replacement. Also, depending upon where the leak is exactly, water could run into an electrical socket, causing an electrical short or fire.
Is an AC Leaking Water Dangerous?
A leaking air conditioner can be dangerous, yes. If the leak is ignored or goes unnoticed, the water can cause structural damage. Leaking water can cause even more dangerous problems if it runs toward electrical outlets or devices.
If the leak involves refrigerant, it can be quite different. While far less likely, a refrigerant leak can become quite dangerous very quickly if it evaporates and turns into a gas.
Tragar Keeps You Cool
Let Tragar help you stay cool this summer by keeping your cooling system well maintained. An ounce of prevention saves headaches and higher repair costs later. Tragar’s HVAC experts will take care of it. Contact us today.
If you’ve been sweltering through the summer, it’s time to do something about it. Even if you have an air conditioner, it may not be cooling your home sufficiently. Your wall unit may not be the right size and you can only cool one room per wall unit. If you’re feeling the heat and you want it to end, you do have an alternative. You can consider installing central air conditioning from Tragar Home Services.
Summer is coming. Don’t get caught sweltering in your home this season as temperatures rise! Consider ditching your old window units and installing an energy-efficient, cost-effective ductless air conditioning system before cooling season.
Many Long Island homeowners have already made the switch, and have been pleased with the results and continue to reap the benefits of ductless AC. Experts at The Department Of Energy (DOE) also tout the benefits of ductless AC.
- Ductless mini-split air conditioners allow zoned air conditioning sans ducting.
- They’re relatively easy to install, especially because they don’t require the hassle of running ductwork like a central air conditioning system does.
- They’re better for your home’s security because they don’t allow easy entry into your home and attract would-be intruders and thieves as some window air conditioners do.
Other Advantages of Ductless Air Conditioning Include:
- Increased Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings: The ability to cool specific areas of your home lets you target the areas you use the most. Going ductless saves you from possibly losing up to 30 percent of your cooling dollars via central air ductwork. These units also have a higher efficiency rating than window units.
- Flexible Installation: You can install these units over a window or door, design the room around them or hang them from the ceiling.
- Quiet: Ductless AC is generally much quieter than central air.
- Remote Operation: Convenient operation is achieved via programmable remote.
- Cooling and Heating in One: Built-in heat pumps let you heat targeted areas in your home in cooler months.
- Better Air Quality: Filters pull not only extra moisture out of the air to increase comfort, but also dust, pollen, pet dander, germs, mildew and odor-causing gases to ease breathing.
Get a Lennox Ductless Air Conditioner
The Lennox Ductless Air Conditioning units from Tragar, your Long Island green energy company, feature the mini-split system that provides home and business owners with the exact amount of cooling needed by installing one to four indoor units connected to one small outdoor unit (condenser). Indoor units vary by size and style, and each creates its own comfort zone, allowing you to cool and heat individual rooms, hallways, and open spaces.
Our Lennox units can be installed in various combinations. The wall units are slim, stylish enclosures built into interior walls over windows or doors, or into the ceiling with Fujitsu ceiling cassettes.
Our cooling technicians will come to measure the heat loss in your home and quickly supply you with an estimate. Installation is usually completed in one day.
Contact Tragar today to learn more about our cooling options and air conditioning service. Our green energy experts can answer any questions, or discuss upgrading to ductless AC or our 18-point air conditioning start-up service. Don’t forget to ask about our free, no-obligation quote!
Spring has sprung and warmer weather is right around the corner. And so is cooling season. Are you prepared? Don’t wait till the first scorching days of summer to learn your air conditioning system isn’t working properly. Now is the perfect time to start prepping your AC system for the cooling season. [Read more…]