The word “leak” carries a negative connotation with it in all home-related topics. Leaks are a very common repair on air conditioners, but some leaks are more serious than others. Learn more about air conditioner leaks in this article.
How concerning a leak might be depends on the type of liquid leaking from your air conditioner. Some air conditioners have a dehumidification process that can create condensation in or around the unit, but that is not a leak and not a serious problem.
The two different types of leaks that you should be worried about are refrigerant or water:
Refrigerant is the most important part of your air conditioning system. It’s the medium that absorbs heat out of the air to remove from the system and after being cooled, is used to cool incoming warm air.
One way to identify if your system has low or no refrigerant due to a leak is if your system has stopped producing cool air. Often in this situation, ice will build up around the lines going into the coil on the indoor unit. Or you could see ice on the outdoor unit lines or compressor.
Most manufacturers have specifications for what the charge (amount) of the refrigerant should be. If your system is undercharged or overcharged it will not be working at its highest efficiency and could be more vulnerable to damage. Also, that’s why simply refilling your system’s refrigerant is not an adequate repair for a leak. The refrigerant in your air conditioner is a highly controlled substance, working at extremely high pressures and should be looked at only by a licensed professional.
You should call a Delta technician immediately to repair the leak or replace the refrigerant system all together.
Properly functioning Air Conditioners shouldn’t leak water. The drainage system should take away the condensate. If the water is pooling something may be wrong. It could be a result of a broken condenser pump, a blocked drain line, installation issues, a frozen evaporator coil or a system charge problem that has extended the ice formation on the refrigerant lines.
The important note here is if water is pooling, dripping, or otherwise causing you concern, don’t ignore it. It likely needs a professional to check further into the cause and solution.
To decipher which of these issues it is that’s causing the water leak in your system, call your Delta service technician.
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Delta Air Systems is an established heating company in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. And we’ve been installing, servicing and repairing heating and cooling systems since the 1950s and work hard to ensure complete customer satisfaction.