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Here’s Why Your AC System Is Leaking

service-timeWhen you talk about something leaking, your first instinct is to check your plumbing lines. These aren’t the only things that can spring a leak however. Your air conditioner may be the system in your home that is leaking. While this system serves a much different purpose than your pipes or drains, the response to a leak should be the same—get it fixed!

When you need air conditioning repair in Charlottesville, VA, you can turn to Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning. We can identify what is causing the leak in your AC unit and get the issue resolved so you can enjoy a properly cooled home again.

We have found that it helps a lot of people to know what some of the reasons are that their air conditioning system might be leaking. Here are three key causes of this issue that we have listed below:

1. Your condensate line is clogged.

When your air conditioner cools the hot air being pulled from your home, it is also going to lead to the moisture that is in the air condensing and collecting on the evaporator coil. That moisture will then eventually collect and drip into a pan which will siphon it into a condensate drain to release it outside of your home. Over time, this drain can become clogged with some less than pleasant sludge created by the combination of moisture and airborne debris that collect on the coil. If the line becomes clogged, the pan can overflow and cause your system to leak.

2. You have a refrigerant leak.

The refrigerant in your system starts its journey as a liquid before it is put under high pressure to become a gas that can absorb heat. Regular wear and tear can, well, wear out your refrigerant lines and connections and create leaks. If the leak is in an area of the line where the refrigerant passes through in its liquid state, it will be a visible leak that you can spot.

3. The evaporator coil is icing over.

Last but not least we have the issue of an icy evaporator coil. Usually caused by a coil that has become too dirty or has a refrigerant leak, your evaporator coil may not be able to absorb heat into your system’s refrigerant properly, causing it to cool the area immediately around itself to the point that ice can begin to collect on the coil. When your system turns off, that ice may start to melt, creating leaking water in the system.

Whatever the cause of your AC system’s leak, you will need to have it diagnosed and repaired by the professionals on our team. We’ve been serving the residents of the Charlottesville area for more than 30 years and we are excited to keep providing high-quality services to the people of this region for 30 more.

We can’t control the weather outside of your home, but we can control the weather inside your home. Contact Mack Morris Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule a visit from our technicians.

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