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Why You’re Seeing Water Leaking From Your Air Conditioner

Seeing a water leak come from your air conditioner can make you panic. Why is water even inside of your air conditioner? You should know that while leaks are not normal, water flow inside of your air conditioner is a part of the cooling process and not something to worry about.

But that water has a proper channel for draining outside of your home and should not leak out inside of your home. If you do notice water leaking from your AC, then something is wrong. You need to schedule an appointment for AC repair in Redmond, WA. Keep reading to learn more about air conditioning system leaks and why they happen.

The Condensate Drain Line

Your air conditioner has a condensate drain line to help channel water from the indoor portion of your unit outside. When air passes over the condenser coils where it is cooled by refrigerant, some of the moisture is also draw out of the air. This is because higher humidity levels can make your home feel warmer than it really is. By removing some of the moisture, your home will naturally feel more comfortable even without lowering the temperature more.

As the moisture that gets removed condenses down into water droplets that enter the condensate drain line, those droplets then drain from the indoor portion of your unit to the outdoor portion of your unit so they do not re-evaporate inside your home. If you have a clog in the condensate drain line, it can cause leaks.

Reasons for Clogs

There are a couple of reasons you might have a clog in your condensate drain line. To start with, the drain line is not very big around. This makes it easier for clogs to form in the first place inside it. Even though your air conditioner has a filter, some dust and dirt inevitably will get inside it. This dust and dirt can collect in the droplets of moisture and enter the condensate drain line, sticking to the sides and attracting more and more particles until a clog forms.

But dust and dirt are not the only things contributing to a clog. The dark moist drain line is the perfect place for mold to grow. If mold begins to develop inside your condensate drain line, it can also contribute to clogs. 

Leak Risks

Your condensate drain line does have a drain pan to catch any leaks. But, when you notice a leak, you should give our team a call right away before the leak gets worse. A clog will not resolve itself, and instead needs to be broken down by a professional technician. Once we do break down a condensate drain line clog, we can make recommendations for preventing them in the future by flushing out your drain lines once per month.

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Jul 3, 2023 | Air Conditioning