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Why Does Water Sometimes Leak from AC Systems?

If this has happened to you, you’re not alone. Water leakage from AC systems is a common problem, and it’s one of the most common reasons homeowners call us for urgent repairs. There’s nothing quite as scary as having water leak into your home from the ceiling or from the walls, and you need this problem fixed quickly.

Thankfully, repairing such a problem isn’t usually too hard for a trained plumber. Learn about what may need to be done to repair the system below.

Moving the Tray

The evaporator coil inside of your AC system collects condensate as a result of the cooling process. Warm, humid air passing over the inside coil loses some of its moisture to the very cool coil. This then drips into a pan, or tray, that must be angled properly so that water can move into a drain, much like how bathtubs are positioned at a slope.

A technician may only need to move the tray over or slope it better. In some cases, however, the tray requires replacement. Cracks in the tray can form over time, leading to leaks.

Cleaning the Pipes

There are also drainpipes underneath the system so that water can move away from the home. Water (condensation) drips from the tray into a drainpipe. But, with time, the pipes may become clogged with debris. It’s not too difficult a fix, if so. The pipes just need to be cleaned out.

A technician has the proper tools to handle this task. However, it’s a much better idea to have them cleaned before anything goes wrong. Water leaks can cause major damage that could cost you thousands in renovations. An AC maintenance visit takes care of drainpipes cleaning, coil cleaning, small adjustments, and more.

Call Bartels Heating & Cooling to get and inspection, cleaning, and adjustment of your AC system in Fairfield today!

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