What if your home became a prison without warning?
That’s exactly what it feels like when you have an AC leak. Unfortunately, most homeowners don’t know what to do when they find a leak.
Want to be prepared to protect your home and protect your family? Keep reading to discover our complete guide!
Check the Drain Pan
When you detect an AC leak, the first thing you should do is check the drain pan. There are multiple things that can go wrong with the pan and cause the unit to leak.
If the drain pan is rusty, there is nothing to do but replace it. The rust leads to holes, and after that, AC leaks are inevitable.
Instead of being rusty, the drain pan may be clogged. It’s possible that you can clear out the clog on your own, but it’s important to know what you’re doing. Don’t be afraid to call a reliable professional to deal with the clog without damaging your drain pan.
Inspect the Drain and Condensation Lines
Was the drain pan not the issue? In that case, you need to inspect both the drain and condensation lines.
The drain line provides the most robust protection against leaks. Unfortunately, that drain line may disconnect, and this leads to leaks. So long as you can access your drain line without doing any disassembly or dismantling, you can check on the drain line and reconnect it if necessary.
While you’re at it, check on the condition of the drain line. Even if it is still connected, it may be in poor condition and need to be replaced.
Another possible culprit is the condensation line. Debris inside the line can easily clog things up and cause unwanted leaks. You can try to clear the obstruction yourself or call a professional to take care of everything.
Review the Coils
For many homeowners, the coils of their AC unit often go uninspected. These coils may eventually ice over, especially if the AC has been running for really long periods of time. The good news is that regular coil cleaning can prevent this problem from happening, but if the coils are damaged, they will need to be replaced.
Speaking of coils, you also need to check out the evaporator coils to see if things have frozen over. If you’re lucky, you can counteract this by turning off the air conditioner and letting things defrost. But if the icy coils persist, you need to call in a professional.
The final thing you need to do is inspect the AC unit for condensation. Now don’t worry: some small amount of condensation is completely normal.
Make sure that only a small amount of condensation is present. But if you see too much water, inner leaking, or signs of rust, there is nothing much to do except to turn off the unit and call for professional help.
Fixing Your AC Leak: What’s Next?
If you have an AC leak, you know what you can fix on your own and when to call a professional. But do you know which professionals you can actually rely on?
We specialize in heating, cooling, air quality, and more. To see how we can make your air conditioner as good as new, contact us today!