Everyone dreads the day they find an AC leak in their home, especially if you don’t know what could be causing it. Here are some of the most common causes of an air conditioner leak in the bathroom and how they can be fixed.
An AC leak in the bathroom could be from several problems with your air conditioner, including a broken drain pan. However, it is most likely a clogged condensate drain line.
AC systems produce condensation when cooling the home, which then drips off of the unit and into a drain pan. The condensate drain line connects the pan to the home’s plumbing, usually under a bathroom sink. Algae and other debris can build up in the drain line over time, causing the water to back up and cause a leak as the drain pan and secondary drain pan overflow.
When water begins leaking from your bathroom ceiling, it is an indicator of a serious leak that could potentially cause thousands of dollars in water damage. Calling an AC repair company, such as Mendez Heating and Air, is a good idea if you do see water leaking from your AC through the ceiling.
How Do I Fix It?
To fix the clogged drain, the person repairing the AC will pour a solution, such as a bleach mixture or vinegar, down the drain to break up the blockage. A thin brush might be used to further break up the clog, and then a vacuum will suck the debris out of the pipe.
While it’s best to let a professional repair the clogged condensate drain rather than try to unclog it yourself, you can help to prevent an AC leak by checking your drain pan for water buildup every now and then. If you have your AC checked on a seasonal basis, especially right before it gets hot outside, the AC company should check the drain pan and pipe for any signs of a problem.
If you have an AC leak or any other problems with your air conditioner, call Mendez Heating and Air today.