It’s almost August. Summer is on full blast here in central Texas, which means so is your air conditioner (probably 24/7, too). So far, your AC has worked well, providing you and your family relief from day after day of 100+ heat index conditions.
However, something you saw recently is causing you concern – a leak in your AC unit. It’s not much now, but you know if you let it go, you’re looking at expensive air conditioner repair.
You’re not sure how to go about find the cause, though. That’s alright – that’s where the Texas AC Specialist comes in.
Following are simple diagnostic techniques you can employ to figure out what’s going on with the leak in your AC.
The first place to check is your condensate drain line to see if it’s clogged, as this will cause the drain pan of your AC to overflow. Check to see if hairballs, dirt, algae, rust, and more are blocking the line.
A second common problem is unsecured drain pipe fittings due to improper installment. After time and usage, these will loosen and eventually disconnect from your AC unit. Then you’ll see condensate seeping through the ceiling or onto the floor. This means either your primary or secondary drain pipe is affected – and air conditioner repair is on the horizon.
Check your condensate pump for malfunctions or excess dirt. Either of these can cause leaks if unnoticed for a period of time. If so, eventually water builds up and could flood your attic or basement. Furthermore, mold or milder can accumulate from all the moisture, which will clog your unit.
Within the blower door of the inside unit is the evaporator coil. Check to see if the coil is frozen. If so, when the ice thaws, you could end up in a world of hurt with a massive water leak – and a massive bill from major air conditioner repair.
This could be the cause of the above frozen evaporator coil, as a dirty or clogged filter restricts the flow of air, which is what prevents the coil from freezing up in the first place.
Another factor that could cause a frozen evaporator coil, low refrigerant levels allow the evaporator coil to get very cold and ice up. There must be a minimum amount of refrigerant so the coil doesn’t freeze and lead to huge problems, i.e., expensive and unwanted air conditioner repair.
Even if you’re not a DIY expert and can repair the causes of your AC leaks, it’s still possible for you to diagnose that which ails your AC system. A leak, even a small one, can lead to large issues that will affect not only your bank account but also your quality of life. Don’t let a small leak become a big one and ruin your summer. Contact the Austin professionals at the Texas AC Specialist today.
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