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Is a Leaking Air Conditioner Dangerous?

August 13, 2021

When your air conditioner is running properly, your house will be cool and dry. A leaking air conditioner is annoying but isn’t necessarily harmful. It depends on whether it’s leaking water or refrigerant.

Water leaking from your air conditioner isn’t dangerous but can cause a lot of damage to your home. In contrast, a coolant leak is harmful to you and the environment. In either situation, fixing a leak will require skilled air conditioning repair.

In most cases, you can stop your air conditioner from leaking by requesting annual air conditioning maintenance. During your appointment, an HVAC tech will closely examine your system for issues and clean it. This service helps provide worry-free performance and might even improve energy efficiency.

Find out why your air conditioner is leaking and how you can stop it from happening in the future.

Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

Water is a natural byproduct of air conditioning. Your air conditioner has two systems, one outside and one inside. The indoor unit has an evaporator coil that cools warm air as it blows over it. Condensation forms as the air cools, flows into a drain pan and drains out of your home through a condensate drain line.

Because of the condensation process, having water leak is a common problem. We regularly get calls about an air conditioner leaking water inside or an air conditioner leaking water outside. Here’s why it occurs:

Drain Line Is Plugged

As time passes, mold can clog the condensate drain line. This can result in water backing up inside your home. Our Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services professionals can break up clogs and get water flowing again smoothly. Reach us at 907-202-9798 for assistance.

Air Filter Needs to Be Changed

We recommend replace flat filters monthly and pleated filters every three months.

Replacing your air filter is critical for:

  • Indoor air quality
  • Energy efficiency
  • Reducing breakdowns
  • Extending your air conditioner’s life span

A dirty air filter can restrict airflow, make the coil extremely cold and freeze it. As the coil melts, it can make the drain pan overflow. We suggest checking your air filter if you haven’t changed it lately and your air conditioner is leaking water indoors.

If this doesn’t resolve the problem, your drain pan may be rusty or have a malfunctioning condensate pump. Getting a new pan or pump requires a pro, so call us at 907-202-9798 for assistance.

Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Freon?

Your air conditioner uses coolant to transfer heat. If your air conditioner was installed before 2011, it likely has R-22 Freon. Over time, chemicals in Freon can eat away at metal and cause leaks.

It’s good to know about air conditioner Freon leak symptoms in the event your system has one. They include:

  • Air that seems hotter or more humid than normal
  • Bubbling or hissing noises by the air conditioner
  • Sweet odor near the air conditioner
  • Frozen evaporator coil

Freon is bad for your health if handled improperly, so you’ll want an HVAC pro like Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services to fix an air conditioner coolant leak. In most instances, it might just be better to schedule air conditioning installation since Freon is expensive. Production of this coolant was stopped in 2020 because of its harmful effects on the ozone layer. As a result, only reduced recycled quantities are available.

Trust Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services for Repairing Your Air Conditioner Leaks

When it comes to air conditioning repair in Anchorage, turn to the company your neighbors and friends trust. We’ve been known for our fast, friendly and affordable services since . Contact us at 907-202-9798 to request your appointment today!