Living in St. Petersburg means making it through the long and sweltering Gulf Coast summers every year. A well-maintained and powerful air conditioning system is one of our highest priorities as residents of South Florida. For that reason, it’s important to pay close attention to your home’s unit and provide the maintenance and repairs your system needs as soon as they become apparent.

One of the most common A/C problems is water leaking out of the unit. If you spot a leak from your A/C system inside your home, you will want to call a professional immediately for assistance. Leaking water can cause more damage the longer you wait to have it fixed.

At Air Zero, a Largo and St Pete AC company, we can help you find the source of the leak and get it repaired before it gets worse. Without proper repairs, you could set yourself up for a complete air conditioning replacement which could cost you thousands of dollars. In this guide to leaky HVAC systems, take a look at some of the most common causes of this problem and how to get it fixed fast.

Condensate Drain Line Is Clogged

One of the most common problems that can cause a leak in a home’s HVAC system is a clogged condensate drain line. A condensate line is installed in the home to allow the drain pan to properly reroute any condensation buildup to outside the home. When this becomes clogged with mildew and mold, you can experience a backup that will push water back out into your A/C system.

Malfunctioning Condensate Pump

If you have determined that your condensate drain line is clear, you will want to ensure that your pump is functioning as well. The condensate pump is used to pump water from the pan to the outside drain area. These are usually found in applications where gravity can not be used to drain the water. Depending on the type of pump, you may have to have a professional check your pump’s functions.

Dirty Air Filter

Dirty air filters are one of the easiest things that you can check for when you have a leak. A dirty or clogged air filter will cause the A/C system to work harder which can lead to coils freezing over and leaking. Scheduling routine maintenance appointments to change the A/C air filter will allow you to make sure that your air filter is always clean and that your system is not overworking itself.

Damaged Drain Pan

The purpose of a drain pan is to collect any condensation dripping out from the A/C system. This pan drains into the condensate line, where it is carried outside to drain properly. When a drain pan becomes rusted or damaged, you can experience leaks due to the pan not functioning as it should.

Your System Is Low On Refrigerant

Last but not least, your system may just be low on refrigerant. This is going to be the last check you want to do as it will require a professional to visit your home and inspect the system. Low refrigerant will force the system to work harder. This acts similarly to a dirty air filter, causing coils to freeze over and leak into places you do not want them to leak into.

Premium St Pete Air Conditioning Services

At Air Zero, we offer a complete and comprehensive menu of high-quality AC services, from inspections and maintenance and repairs to complete air conditioning replacement, and more. With years of experience in the industry, our highly trained and certified team at Air Zero can help diagnose and repair just about any A/C system problem that you may have, with affordable and reliable solutions you can rely on.

With thousands of excellent customer reviews, an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and other awards and accolades, we’re one of the area’s most trusted home service professionals. To find out more about Air Zero air conditioning installation or other services that we offer, give our team a call over the phone. Or, to schedule a free, in-home estimate, fill out our quick and easy online form for details.