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Air Conditioner Leaks

The dreaded water torture: why your central air conditioner leaks water

As we all know, Houston air is loaded with moisture.  The average annual humidity in Houston is around 60%.  The humidity in Houston ranges from 55% to 65% between October and January, and can reach even higher levels during the Summer months.  While it is normal for your home’s HVAC system to create some water while it dehumidifies the indoor air, a leaky Air Conditioner can be very alarming and can cause some serious property damage as well.

Where does the water come from?

Water is a normal by-product of the cooling process.  All air conditioning systems have an evaporator coil.  It’s basically a matrix of metal tubes that contain Freon.  As these tubes get cold and hot, moist air blows across them.  During this process, moisture collects just like it does on the outside of a cold soda can.  Eventually, enough water collects and then drips into the drain pan within the coil.  Connected to the pan is the drain line which is made of PVC tubing that deposits the water into your plumbing or to the outside of your home.

If something goes wrong with your drain pan or drain line, it can lead to the water overflowing into the emergency pan located under the coil.  Now that you know where the water comes from, in our next blog we will discuss the causes of A/C leaks and the ways to prevent water leaks and damage.  The last thing you need is costly property damage!  Air conditioner leaks are highly preventable as well as treatable.

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