Just the normal operation of your central air conditioning system can create some water. But, you could actually have a problem depending on what area the water is dripping. Water can cause a lot of damage in a home, when it is dripping in the wrong area and so you may want to schedule a repair right away.
So, what is normal?
All air conditioning systems create condensation as they operate. This is normal. Your AC system is designed to remove condensation from the evaporator coils of the indoor air handling unit. Here in the Virginia Beach it is fairly common to have your indoor unit located in your attic. If you've ever visited your attic you can see that your system is sitting on (or above) a a metal drain pan. You should also see some white pvc pipe running from that drip pan which will lead outside of your home or through the floor leading to outside your home.
By far the most common setup is to have the main condensation drain exit your home usually very close to where your outdoor ac compressor unit is located. Some houses may have been designed to allow the water to utilize the laundry drain to get rid of the condensation. Water dripping these areas is normal and should be nothing of concern.
Blockage in Condensation Drain
There is a secondary drain that is usually located above a window or at the attic level on the side of your house. This is an emergency drain which provides another level of protection to your home in case your main condensation drain becomes clogged. If your primary condensation drain becomes clogged then excess condensation start to pool in the pan below your inside air conditioner unit and then it will drain out through the secondary drain. If you are seeing water dripping from the secondary fail-safe drain then you know that something is wrong with your system.
In most cases the primary condensate drain has a blockage which needs to be determined and corrected. Usually it is just a build up of mold, mildew, etc. Cleaning this drain should stop the dripping from the secondary drain and allow condensation to exit through the main drain. Usually, a little preventive maintenance can go a long way to keep this from ever becoming a problem.
Air Conditioner Repair Calls Increase With The Heat!
Well, August is bringing in another month of AC Repair calls and even some Air Conditioner Replacement calls! Trying to keep up with the demand can be difficult at times but we are doing our best to accommodate everyone. Commercial AC repair calls are up as well.
If you or your business find yourself in need of AC repairs, additional Freon, AC maintenance, or even an AC installation, call us and we will get there quickly to help you.
Be sure that your HVAC system is in tip top shape before you become one of our callers looking for an Air Conditioner repair on a 95 degree day.
Air Conditioner Repair Calls On The Rise, Along With The Temperature....
Go figure... Most people neglect to care for their air conditioning system until, well until it fails and requires untimely and possibly expensive air conditioning repair service. It is uncanny how as the outside temperature increases the number of AC repair calls we get also increases. In many cases these calls could have been prevented with proper air conditioner maintenance service or at the very least the call could have been placed before the system failure occurred allowing you to schedule any necessary air conditioner repairs or AC maintenance prior to having to suffer through the heat while waiting for your A/C repair service. If you've noticed your central air conditioner system not cooling as it used to it could be due to many things. But one thing is for sure, it's not going to fix itself. And if you wait for hotter weather you will likely notice that it cools even less leaving you hot, sticky, and sweaty. Guess what..... you'll call for that central air conditioner repair now... We see it every year. So, if you don't want to be left in in the heat, take care of your AC system and it will take care of you. Preventative maintenance, some which can be performed by you, will help keep your central air conditioner system functioning better while also helping you to avoid costly repairs or even air conditioner replacement services.
If you need to schedule an AC repair service call, or one for preventative AC maintenance call us now... Summer still has a long way to go you know....