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We Answer A Common Question About Why Your AC Unit May Be Leaking.

Every year we get numerous phone calls from our customers about leaking air conditioning units. We are still in our “cooling season” and you may be experiencing an issue. Here are some reasons why your AC may be leaking.

Reason 1: It’s possible the condensate drain line is clogged. It may become clogged with debris like dust or dirt. You may be able to clear the blockage with a wet/dry vac, but it’s best to call a professional for this type of situation so they can assess if there may be other reasons contributing to the leak.

Reason 2: You may be low on refrigerant. If your system is running low on refrigerant, it may cause the evaporator coil to freeze over. Sometimes you can tell if you are low on refrigerant if your system is not cooling as well or if you hear a hissing noise coming from the system.

Reason 3: A dirty air filter. It’s difficult to wrap your mind around how a dirty air filter might cause a leak, but a dirty filter can reduce the air flow to the evaporator coil, causing it to freeze over. Once it thaws, it will drip more water into the drain pan than it can handle.

Reason 4: A failed condensate pump. The condensate pump is what pushes the condensation, created by your unit, out of your home. If the pump is broken, the water will back up and cause a leak.

In all of these scenarios, unless you are an HVAC professional, it is best to call an air conditioning specialist, such as Reiner Group, Inc., to diagnose and fix the problem. Reiner trains all of our technicians to properly diagnose the issues you are having and correct the problem as soon as possible. Plus, if you have a Preventative Maintenance Agreement with us, you will receive 24/7 service as well as a reduced labor rate and a discount on parts!

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