3 Reasons Your AC May Be Leaking

Posted on May 8th, 2018 by BlueMountain

If you notice any water spots or strange smells on your ceiling or walls, there’s a leak somewhere in your home. And chances are, this leak is coming from your air conditioner. But why? And how can you prevent this from happening again?

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Why Is My AC Leaking?

1. Clogged Condensate Drain Line

One of the most common reasons for water near your AC is a clogged condensate drain line. Your drain line is supposed to remove excess water from the air, so if it becomes clogged over time a leak will appear.

2. Blocked Air Conditioner Filters

If you can’t remember the last time you changed your air conditioner filters, more than likely this may be the reason for your leaky air conditioner. Your air filters should be checked and/or replaced every 1 to 3 months. This helps ensure that air is being distributed throughout your home properly.

3. Condensate Pump Issues

The condensate pump collects and stores water from your HVAC and transfers it to the drain line. However, if the pump isn’t functioning properly, the water that’s supposed to be drained outside of your home will leak inside.

How Can I Prevent My AC From Leaking?

Don’t forget to schedule an annual HVAC tune-up. A professional technician will be able to check in on your unit and diagnose any signs or symptoms before they become a bigger issue or repair. Consider discussing a shutdown switch device with your local technician as well — they are designed to automatically turn off your AC if water levels become too high. Better safe than sorry, right?

Contact the professionals at Blue Mountain Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling today!

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