Why is there water leaking from my AC Unit?

When the temperature rises and the air conditioners start turning on, phone calls start coming in from all over the area. We get calls that ranges from my “air conditioning won’t turn on!” to “where can I buy a portable AC unit?” to “Help me, it’s hot!”. But one of the most frequent ones we get is about the leaking water coming from the unit itself.

Most of the time the issue will be the drain line; the condensate drain line. 

What is a condensate drain line? 

Air conditioners removes heat/humidity in order to keep a room cold. As the air passes through the coils, the humidity is turned into water, which will be collected in a drain pan. From the drain pan, the water exits through the drain line, which is the condensate drain line. This drain line can become clogged with debris, rust, algae and dirt. This will have to be looked at closely as it is an important part of a unit. If rust colored water is coming from one of the drain lines, this can be due to an obstruction.

A clogged drain line can lead to bigger issues, such as:

  • Water damages
  • Mold, mildew, virus, and bacteria
  • House fires due to water and electrical components meeting

Why is my furnace leaking?

There are two parts to an air conditioning unit – the condenser, which is normally outdoors and the handler, normally indoors. The leak may appear to be from the furnace when it is coming from the air handler.

What is causing the leak?

If it is coming from the ceiling and the furnace and handler is located in the attic, it will most likely be the condensate drain line. Over time, this can get clogged and algae can grow inside of this causing backup and clogs. While it is clogged, it’s possible for dirt and debris to gather.

What should you do? 

If there is water leaking, call a professional technician immediately to either replace or clean the condensate drain line. Then, take the necessary steps to prevent it from happening again:

Prevent this leak from happening now! Schedule a service online or give us a call at (310) 530-0504.

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25217 Narbonne Ave., Lomita CA 90717.
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