AC Services in Clearwater: Fixing the Drip
Posted on: July 31, 2014
Most homeowners realize that some amount of water dripping from their AC units should be expected—especially when they are being used heavily and often. But it is important to know what signs indicate a problem with your air conditioner that will require you to call a professional AC services company in Clearwater.
What causes air conditioners to drip water?
When our units are powered on, working to keep our homes cool and comfortable, they do so essentially by dehumidifying the air (meaning the moisture is being taken out and turned into water) via the evaporator coil. Most will drain the water out so you hardly notice it; however, if your unit is leaking inside your home, or there are large, noticeable puddles surrounding it, it could indicate a larger issue.
There are a number of reasons that could be causing your AC to drip:
- The first thing you want to check is the filter. Having a dirty filter that is long past its expiration date, and has been filled to its capacity with debris, dirt, and dust will restrict the airflow to the evaporator coil, causing your unit to freeze up and drip a lot of unnecessary water.
- When the coils freeze, condensation can leak into the pan. If there is a crack in the condensation pan, the water cannot drain properly and could also be causing the puddles forming around your air conditioning unit.
- If there is something wrong with the drain line, it could be causing water backup and clogging, resulting in the pan overflowing.
- You may also want to check to make sure AC unit has enough refrigerant. If it is too low, it can also cause the unit to freeze up and melt water everywhere once it is powered off and begins to thaw out.
If you think the dripping coming from your unit is abnormal, call Midway Services for emergency AC services in Clearwater at 727-565-4715. If you wait any longer, it could result in some serious water damage. We offer flat-rate pricing and 60-minute service! Ask us about our maintenance programs, which will help prevent any problems with your AC from occurring in the future.
In Florida, especially during the summer months, the humidity can reach extreme levels, so some puddles can be expected. But no water should be finding its way into your home, nor should the puddles remain for any longer than a day.