Uh-Oh…..another leaking air conditioner has messed up the inside of another homeowner’s room. This time it was in a downstairs playroom that went unnoticed for days when no one entered the room and the unit continued to cool the home. Unfortunately, there is now a whole lot of wet carpet to deal with in addition to correcting the problems.
So, what causes the inside part of the air conditioner to leak? In this case, it was two separate issues working together to cause problems and really, who doesn’t need a few more problems? The outside drain line was kinked so water could not drain out of the home. No one noticed the kinked drain line apparently for a while.
The homeowner didn’t even know what it was and commented that many, many times she considered just ripping the line out of the bricks in her home because it was ugly. Not a good plan, folks! If you don’t know what something is coming out of your home, just leave it alone. They are serving some type of purpose. The line has now been cut to a length that will not allow it to kink.
Usually, when there is a problem with the condensation line, it is because something has clogged it like a bug, or dirt or even mold. So, every now check the line to make sure nothing is blocking it and that it is not kinked. If water cannot drain out of the home, it will just come right back in.
The other problem was a clogged condensation drain pan. If an A/C has a dirty evaporator coil, and dirt falls into the pan and mixes with water, you have your very own science experiment that has blocked your drain and caused water to back up into your home. This particular problem would have been caught and corrected with an annual inspection and would have never taken place to begin with, so that is definitely something to consider. It can be hard to do maintenance on something that is working properly, but the moment things go wrong, everyone wishes they had just done the yearly maintenance.
If you find something in your drain when you run out and check it, just try to get it out, either with a wet/dry shop vac or if your line is as long as this homeowner’s, you can just cut it out. Either way, if you have problems with your unit or this story has inspired you to get that annual inspection and tune-up you have been putting off for years, give Carmine’s a call today 203-791-8089. We will have you fixed in no time.