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Why Is My A/C Leaking?

Posted on February 13th, 2017 by Jupiter Tequesta

Nearly 90 percent of all central air service calls are related to leaks. Although these leaks tend to be relatively small, if left unchecked, they can cause a tremendous amount of damage. If you happen to notice that an abnormal amount of water has leaked after running your A/C, it’s likely one of three main culprits.

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First cause? A clogged condensate line.
This is the most common cause of A/C leaks. When the line is clogged, water backs up and floods the overflow pan. However, modern A/C units are equipped with a water-overflow cutoff switch, which automatically shuts down the system if it detects a clogged line. This switch helps prevent water damage, but most homeowners end up calling a technician because they don’t realize why their air-conditioning system suddenly shuts down.

Second cause? The overflow pan.
This pan is a piece of equipment that catches any condensation from the A/C unit. If you’re noticing a leak, carefully inspect the pan for damage. Small holes and cracks can be patched, but it’s usually best to replace.

Third cause? A clogged filter.
Most filters are designed to be used for one to two months. Nevertheless, you should still inspect the filter every month, even during the cooler seasons. If the filter appears dirty, replace it immediately. A dirty filter can cause ice to form on the unit’s evaporators coils, and when that ice melts, it drips water.
Whatever the case of your leak may be, it’s important to schedule an A/C repair immediately. If you have any questions about your home’s air conditioning system, or you run into any problems don’t hesitate to give our professionals at Jupiter-Tequesta a call. We are here to help you with all of your home cooling needs! Visit our website to learn more about our services or give us a call to speak with a representative directly:

Tequesta: (561) 747-5740 Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822 Martin: (772) 546-2822 St. Lucie: (772) 546-2822

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