A-Avis Home Services Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Archive for June, 2019

Why Is Water Leaking From My Air Conditioner?

Monday, June 24th, 2019

water-dropletsWhen your air conditioning system is running, you’ll occasionally hear the sound of dripping water coming from the indoor cabinet. This is normal. You’re hearing condensate from the evaporator coil falling from the coil down into a pan.

The reason water develops in an air conditioner is because of the evaporation of cold refrigerant along the indoor evaporator coil. The process of evaporation removes heat from the air to cool it. But as a side-effect, the evaporation also causes moisture in the air to condense in droplets along the coil’s surface. Below the coil is a shallow pan—the condensate pan—which catches the water. A motorized pump then removes the water out a condensate drain and outdoors where it’s deposited on the ground.

But this drainage system doesn’t always work the way it should—and you may end up seeing water dripping from the indoor compartment.

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Why Leaking Refrigerant Is a Big Problem for an AC

Monday, June 10th, 2019

air-conditioner-and-toolsAir conditioning systems are complex, but as long as they’re regularly maintained, they have the durability to last for many years with only occasional troubles.

But there are a few common air conditioning problems to watch out for—and few can create as much trouble as a leak that allows the system’s chemical refrigerant to escape. Leaking refrigerant will be catastrophic for an AC if it’s not fixed, and the only people who can fix it are licensed HVAC technicians.

If you notice your AC is losing cooling power, is making a hissing sound, or is developing ice along its indoor coil, it may have leaking refrigerant. Don’t delay having the system professionally repaired!

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