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Water Leaking from Air Conditioner

Water Leaking from Air Conditioner
A machine with high-efficiency combustion heaters produce substantial condensation– we’re discussing lots of water, specifically in humid environments– some, gallons each day. Subsequently, this water needs to leave the air handler– generally through plastic pipe or a drain tube. That drain tube goes straight outside, often ending near the compressor, or to a flooring drain or a little electrical “condensate pump” located by the air handler. Where a condensate pump is used, it links to a half an inch rubber or vinyl tube that goes outdoors or to a conduit.

Water at the Base of the Air Handler
Water dripping or pooling at the bottom of the air handler shows: 1) a leakage from among the plastic pipelines or tubes that carry it, 2) something might be blocking the water’s circulation, or 3) the condensate pump may not be working. If the pump stops working, it will overflow.

Note: Drift switch is designed to turn off the A/C unit if the drain becomes blocked.

On some air handlers, the condensation drain has a little security float switch connected to it. If the drain backs up with water, the float switch will turn off the a/c. (Clear sign that it’s time to empty the condensation drain)

1. If your system consists of an electrical condensate pump, make certain it is linked to a working electric outlet. See if the pipeline that carries away the water has became disconnected from the pump. If YES, reconnect it.
More likely is the possibility that television or the pump is clogged with algae. If this holds true, utilize a wet-dry vacuum to suck all the water from the pipe. In some instances, it is easier to replace it with new half-inch pipe bought online, at an HVAC supply store, or at a well-stocked home enhancement center.

Air Conditioner Condensation Pump Not working.
Positioned next to the air handler or heater, condensation pump is easy to replace. A new one costs about $50.

1. Test the pump by putting water into its collector. The pump, which is switched on by an inner ball float that rises with the water level, must begin. A stuck or damaged ball float won’t increase. If it’s stuck, disconnect the pump from the power and the incoming tubes, disassemble the top, and clean it out thoroughly.

2. To eliminate algae, soak into the water with bleach. (1/16 bleach to water) Note: Do not do this on you yard– it will kill the lawn.

3. If the pump runs, however, does not clear the channel, the ball-like valve before the discharge tube is probably stuck. Release the valve, loosen up the ball within, and look for an obstruction and an accumulation of algae. Run a wire through it to clear it or Blow on it. (change new tube if necessary)

4. Ice may be obstructing the tube. If yes, clear or change your AC filters. If the filters appear to be fine, the air conditioning unit’s refrigerant supply is reasonably low.