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How to solve a leaking AC

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An air conditioner is your best friend when everything works as it should, but the moment something goes wrong that dependable friend can cause an unexpected amount of stress.

If you’ve noticed your air conditioner leaking or dripping, then you’ve come to the right place. Turn off the AC, grab a cool drink and let’s work this out together.

Why is my air conditioner leaking? 

There are several reasons you may be experiencing leaking or dripping, including:

  • Humidity: Let’s start with the easiest one first. Living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches you’re no stranger to high levels of humidity, which can wreak havoc with an AC and increase condensation. If more condensation is produced than the air conditioner can eliminate then it can result in a leak.
    • Blocked or dirty filters: Have you cleaned the filter recently? If not, the AC may not be operating efficiently and airflow could be reduced. At the first sign of a leak check the filter and follow our steps to clean it. If the leaking persists you can rule out a filter problem.
    • Clogged or broken condenser pump: The condenser pump pushes water outside the building. If the pump is clogged or broken water may build up in the unit instead of being excreted.
    • An incorrectly installed unit: While you won’t have to worry about this if you use Climate Care Air Conditioning Services to install your AC unit, if you moved into a property with existing air conditioner there’s a chance an installation error could be to blame for a leak.
    • Rusty or clogged drain pan: If the drain pain rusts water cannot be collected and will leak. If the pan is clogged then water builds up and eventually overflows. Seaside air in the Northern Beaches of Sydney can often affect rust forming in air conditioners. An annual air conditioner maintenance service will ensure rust isn’t building up in your unit.

    What to do when you discover a leak

    Water damage can be severe and fast-moving so you should act quickly if you discover your air conditioner leaking or dripping.

    1. Turn off the AC immediately.
    2. Clean any visible water on the air conditioner and surrounding walls and floor. This is important in any home however especially for those in apartments with tenants living below them.
    3. Call us on 0426 601 322 or drop us a line and we’ll send one of our expert technicians out to help you.

    4 easy ways to prevent your air conditioner leaking

    Benjamin Franklin wisely said, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ Below are four simple things you can do to avoid larger leaking AC issues.

    1. Clean the filter regularly. Add this task to your fortnightly cleaning list and not only will you help prevent any leaks but you’ll also enjoy cleaner air. Don’t forget to replace the filters when needed.
    2. Take immediate action and fix any leaks as soon as you notice them.
    3. Avoid overworking your AC when it’s really hot outside.
    4. Book an annual air conditioner maintenance service.

    If in doubt call us out

    Trying to figure out what exactly is causing your AC to leak can be concerning, we get that. An air conditioner is a complex machine and if you don’t know your condenser pump from your drain pain then leave the air con repairs to us. Get in touch now and we’ll have your air conditioner running smoothly again in no time.