If you’ve ever seen a window air conditioner, you probably noticed that it often gives off a certain amount of water while it’s operating. But did you know your central air conditioner produces water as well? If that water is not drained properly, it could damage your system and your home. So what are some of the common reasons for a central air conditioner leaking water and what can you do to protect yours from water damage?
As mentioned above, water is a natural byproduct of the cooling process. Much like the way water drips down the side of a glass of ice water when you take it outside, your air conditioner’s evaporator coils give off condensation when they remove moisture from the air.
When your air conditioner is running properly, the water that it pulls from your home’s air is drained down a tube called the condensate pipe and led out of your home. If something goes wrong with the condensate pipe or the draining system, it could lead to water buildup around your unit. Some potential water problems include:
If you have any questions about your central air conditioner leaking water, or if you’d like a cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis area HVAC company.