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Why Is My Air Conditioner Surrounded By Water?

woman-with-fanThere are certain air conditioning problems that, while inconvenient and annoying, are not exactly surprising or perplexing. A system that is blowing lukewarm air, for instance, or an AC that is making strange, loud sounds. These are not very surprising problems for such a system. What may be surprising to discover one day, though, is the fact that your air conditioner appears to have a sprung a leak and is now surrounded by a pool of water. What’s so surprising about this? For starters, the fact that your air conditioner does not actually use water in its operation.

Now, if you were to call us and tell us that your system is surrounded by water, we would not insinuate that you are mistaken or that you are pulling a prank on us. This problem can and does develop with air conditioners — it’s just not exactly the result of a leak as you’d normally define it. If your air conditioner in Des Moines, IA is leaking water, here are a few potential causes. Contact us with any questions that you may have.

You May Just Need a New Filter

What in the world does a dirty air filter have to do with the water surrounding my air conditioner, you may wonder? Well, obviously the filter is not the source of the water. However, it very well could be the source of the problem leading to this situation. You see, a dirty air filter will restrict the flow of air through your system. Because the evaporator coil is tasked with evaporating refrigerant and drawing heat out of the air, this is a problem.

The coil may not be able to absorb enough heat out of the air due to low airflow. The coil will then get far too cold, which is also an issue due to the presence of condensation on the coil, which is pulled out of the air during the cooling process. The condensation may freeze on the coil, and give the impression of a leak when it melts off and floods the drainage assembly.

You May Need to Clean or Adjust the Drain

Another potential issue is that your condensate drain line is clogged, perhaps due to algal growth. It could also just be backed up due to debris making its way in. The drain pan could also be damaged or misaligned. Whatever the case, addressing these problems will be necessary if you want to get back to draining condensation out of your home successfully.

You May Have a Refrigerant Leak

We sort of saved the worst for last here. A refrigerant leak is a common problem with air conditioners, but it is also a very serious one. If the system is short on refrigerant due to a leak, then it will struggle with the heat transfer process. The coil gets too cold, and you know what happens then. A professional technician will have to pinpoint the source of the leak and recharge the system before serious damage is done.

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