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Has My Air Conditioner Sprung a Leak?

Chances are that you are chomping at the bit for the warm weather to really arrive. We’ve had some scattered warm days here and there, but the heat of summer is still a little ways off. Once it hits in full force, though, you need to know that your air conditioning system is going to deliver the stellar performance that you deserve. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a 100% reliable machine, air conditioners included. If you notice any problems with your air conditioner, such as apparent water leaks, schedule prompt AC repairs in Des Moines, IA.

Air Conditioners Don’t Use Water in Their Operation

If you see water surrounding your cooling system, you may panic and think that your air conditioner has sprung a leak. While you certainly may notice water pooling around your system, though, you should keep in mind the fact that your air conditioner does not actually use water in the cooling process, as it does refrigerant. So where is this water coming from, you may be wondering? Well, there are two likely possibilities.

  • Melting Ice: Some people mistakenly think that ice on an air conditioning system is a good sign, that they’re system is just doubling down and really cranking out the cooling. This is not the case, though. You may have low airflow over your evaporator coil, or even a refrigerant leak, that is causing the coil to freeze up. This seriously hinders the cooling process, and can potentially damage your home cooling system. Plus, when the ice melts off of the system, it may give the impression of a water leak having sprung.
  • Condensate Drainage Issues: When your air conditioner cools your home, it draws moisture out of the air. This results in condensation (such as that that may freeze on the evaporator coil). The condensation must be drained away from your system, and this requires the use of a condensate pan and drain line. If this pan is damaged, or the drain line backed up, you may notice condensate pooling around the system.

If you suspect the need for AC repairs in your home, be sure to schedule them with Schaal Heating and Cooling.

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