When your air conditioner is running properly, your house will be cool and dry. A leaking air conditioner is annoying but isn’t necessarily harmful. It depends on whether it’s leaking water or coolant.

Water leaking from your air conditioner isn’t dangerous but can cause a lot of damage to your house. In contrast, a coolant leak is harmful to you and the environment. In either case, repairing a leak will require skilled air conditioning repair.

In most cases, you can stop your air conditioner from leaking by scheduling annual air conditioning maintenance. During your appointment, an HVAC technician will closely examine your system for issues and clean it. This service helps provide worry-free performance and may even improve energy efficiency.

Learn more about why your air conditioner is leaking and how you can prevent it from happening in the future.

Why Does My AC Unit Leak Water?

Water is a natural result of the cooling process. Your air conditioner has two systems, one outside and one inside. The indoor unit has an evaporator coil that cools warm air as it blows over it. Condensation occurs as the air cools, flows into a drain pan and drains out of your home through a condensate drain line.

Due to the condensation process, having water back up is a common problem. We often receive calls about an air conditioner leaking water inside or an air conditioner leaking water outside. Here’s why it happens:

Drain Line Is Clogged

Over time, mold can block the condensate drain line. This can lead to water backing up inside your house. Our Bell Mechanical Services pros can break up clogs and get water flowing again smoothly. Give us a call at 888-863-0560 for assistance.

Air Filter Is Dirty

We recommend replace flat filters once a month and pleated filters every three months.

Replacing your air filter is critical for:

  • Indoor air quality
  • Energy efficiency
  • Reducing breakdowns
  • Extending your air conditioner’s life span

A dirty air filter can restrict airflow, make the coil very cold and cause it to freeze. As the coil melts, it can make the drain pan overflow. We recommend checking your air filter if you haven’t replaced it lately and your air conditioner is leaking water indoors.

If this doesn’t resolve the problem, your drain pan may be rusty or have a broken condensate pump. Getting a new pan or pump requires a professional, so contact us at 888-863-0560 for assistance.

Why Won’t My Air Conditioning Stop Leaking Freon?

Your air conditioner needs coolant to move heat. If your air conditioner was put in before 2011, it likely has R-22 Freon. Over time, chemicals in Freon can eat through metal and create leaks.

It’s important to know about air conditioner Freon leak symptoms in the event your system develops one. They include:

  • Air that feels hotter or more humid than usual
  • Bubbling or hissing noises by the air conditioner
  • Sweet odor near the air conditioner
  • Frozen evaporator coil

Freon is bad for your health if handled improperly, so you’ll need an HVAC pro like Bell Mechanical Services to repair an air conditioner coolant leak. In many situations, it may just be better to schedule air conditioning installation since Freon is expensive. Manufacturing of this coolant was stopped in 2020 because of its damaging effects on the ozone layer. As a result, only limited recycled quantities are available.

Trust Bell Mechanical Services for Fixing Your Air Conditioner Leaks

When it comes to air conditioning repair in McKinney and Frisco, go with the company your neighbors and friends depend on. We’ve been known for our fast, friendly and reasonable services since {year}. Call us at 888-863-0560 to schedule your appointment now!