A leaking air conditioner.

Why is My AC Leaking Water?

Why Is My AC Leaking Water?

Here in Florida, most of us are still using our AC well into September. We know how brutal the Florida heat can be, especially in the summer, so when there’s an issue with our home’s air conditioning system, it’s nothing short of a major inconvenience. A lot of common AC problems we face include warm air coming from our vents, high humidity levels in our home even when the AC is turned on, and strange noises coming from the unit. But have you ever dealt with an AC system that starts leaking?

In this blog, you’ll learn about the multiple reasons why your AC might be leaking and how you can fix the issue. Keep reading to find out!

1. Your water filter is dirty 

When was the last time you changed your air filter? A good rule of thumb is to make sure you’re checking your air filter every 30 days and making sure it’s replaced every 90 days. Not only can dirty air filters make your AC overwork itself, but it can also prevent sufficient air flow through your unit’s evaporator coil.

If air is prevented from coming through, your coil can become very cold and eventually begin to freeze. What happens when something frozen starts to melt? It leaks water! When the coil begins to melt, water will leak from your unit.

2. You have a clogged drain line

Is your AC leaking water inside of your home? If so, this could be due to a clogged condensate drain life. Like your air filters, your condensate drain line can become clogged with dirt and dust over time. When filters are clogged, air can’t flow through them properly. But when your condensate drain line is clogged, water can’t get through and drain outside of your home. This results in the water coming back inside and leaking into your home.

If you have a wet/dry vacuum, try using it to remove any of the debris clogging your drain line. If this doesn’t work, it’s time to call Florida Southern Air.

3. Refrigerant levels are low

Similar to how a clogged air filter will weaken your AC system’s ability to allow a sufficient amount of air flow through, low refrigerant levels will lower your AC system’s pressure. Low refrigerant levels can also cause a frozen evaporator coil, which will result in a leak when the coil melts.

If you notice a hissing noise coming from your AC or your AC just isn’t cooling your house the way it should be, check your refrigerant levels. Trying to fix your refrigerant on your own is not recommended due to the chemicals involved, so it’s best to give our team a call at (813) 535-5332. If the leak is caught early enough, a repair might do the trick. But if the issue is severe enough, a replacement might be needed.

4. The AC's drain pan is damaged

Do you know how old your air conditioner is? If it’s between 10-15 years old, your drain pan might be damaged or rusted, meaning water could be falling right through. If this is the case for you, you’ll need to replace your drain pan.

To avoid these issues, it’s best to schedule seasonal maintenance on your HVAC system so that any of these problems can be caught early on. Always make sure you’re keeping up with your air filter replacement and keep an eye on your system in general to make sure it’s cooling your home properly. If you’re experiencing any of the above problems and aren’t sure where to start, Florida Southern Air is here to help! Give us a call at (813) 535-5332 or fill out our online contact form to get started.