Have you ever wondered why your air conditioning unit is dripping water? Leaking Air con’s can cause a fair amount of damage, especially when left untreated.  It is important to diagnose why your system is leaking so the problem can be repaired and prevented from further occurrence. In this blog we will share a few reasons why your air conditioner drips water and a few arrangements in having your air conditioner repaired.

The most common reasons why your air conditioner might leak are:

Hot and Humid weather

Darwin is well known for the hot, humid weather. To combat the heat, we turn to air-conditioning to cool down. Because air conditioning systems cool the air by removing humidity, the condensation build up is exacerbated by this kind of weather.

  • Dirty Air Filter

If the air filter is clogged or dirty, the air flow to the evaporator coil will be blocked causing the temperature to drop. When the coil reaches a point where it gets too cold, it can freeze. If it becomes frozen, the build-up of ice will melt once the air conditioner is turned off and as the ice melts, the excess residual water will begin to leak and drip.

  • Clogged Drain pipe

Attached to the indoor unit drain is a drain pipe which runs to the ground in most cases .If for some reason the drainage pipe is clogged or blocked, the water will build up. Depending on the location and severity of the blockage, the build-up can also result in further leaks around the building.

  • Low Refrigerant

If your Air conditioning unit is running on low Refrigerant, chances are that it will start leaking water. This occurs through a similar process like having a dirty air filter, where the evaporator coil freezes. After it begins to throw warm air out the water builds up, and hence causes a leak. One major problem that occurs when your AC is low on refrigerant is that it can be hard to identify.

Signs that will show that refrigerant levels are low:

  • The air conditioner isn’t cooling well
  • A bubbling noise might occur, indicating a refrigerant leak in the piping

Refrigerant leaks can take hours to locate. It may even mean that you need to replace your AC unit.

  • Inadequate Insulation

One of the most integral components in any air conditioning unit is the insulation. If there isn’t enough insulation, condensation will drip from the pipes over time. This is one of the most common reasons why air conditioning can leak water.

How do I prevent my air con from leaking?

  • Have Quality insulation.
  • Regularly clean your filter.
  • Turn your air conditioning on at the right time of day.
  • Investing in a durable air conditioning unit.
  • Adequate maintenance.
  • Have your unit installed by a professional from Mark Salmon Electrical

    If your air con is dripping water, Mark salmon Electrical provides full air conditioning repairs as well as brand new air conditioning installations. If you would like a consultation with one of our air conditioning experts, simply contact us or give us a call Mark on 0418 855 550.

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