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Preventing Air Conditioner Leaks

If something goes wrong with your drain pan or drain line, it can lead to water overflowing into the emergency pan under the coil.  So what causes this leaking water, and what can you do to protect your A/C system and home from damage?

The most common cause for leaking water

Clogged drain line – Over time as water flows through the drain line, debris, algae, and other particles begin to accumulate.  Eventually enough of this gunk builds up to completely clog your drain line.

With no place to go, the water backs up and fills the evaporator coil’s internal drain pan.  If enough water is present, it overflows and fills the emergency pan under your coil, and overflows into your attic space.  Eventually the water will soak through your ceiling.  Now we are talking about some serious and costly damage.

Prevention is the key

Here’s what you can do to prevent your A/C system from leaking water:

  1. Have an annual maintenance check performed.  Make sure your A/C service technician clears the drain line as part of this check up.
  2. Invest in an overflow shut off device.  Installed in the drain line, this clever device will turn off your A/C if the drain line becomes clogged and backed up.  Most of the time, it will prevent water from overflowing into the drain pan.  Then, you will know to call your A/C service technician to clear the clog.
  3. Fix it yourself.  If you feel like tackling this issue yourself, pour a cup of bleach down the drain line’s access port every couple of months to prevent a build up of gunk.  This is only necessary during the peak Summer months.  Have your A/C technician show you where the drain line’s access port is located.

To learn more about preventing air conditioner leaks return to our main page by clicking here.  There are many useful tips and tricks from our owner Mitch Weigand!

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