Noticing any type of liquid leaking from your air conditioner can be alarming. Functioning air conditioners have processes set up to prevent any kind of noticeable liquid drainage by homeowners, so clearly, it’s time to panic, right? Don’t panic just yet! We’re here to help you through this inconvenience!
There are two different types of leaks that your AC can experience. Water and refrigerant leaks have very different signs and solutions, but both can cause problems for your system. Mission AC has some tips to help you identify if your leaking air conditioner is producing water or refrigerant and the actions you should take for both situations.
Water leaks are common in air conditioners and are usually not emergencies, but may require an AC repair. Water leaking from your AC unit is most often caused by disconnected or damaged drain lines. Condensation forms inside the unit during the air cooling process and is usually taken out of the system by the condensate drain line or collected in the drip pan. If these pieces are moved or damaged, water can begin leaking. To identify a water leak look for these signs:
A water leak is not usually high risk, but the best option is to still get your unit checked out by a professional to prevent any future complications. Mission AC would be glad to find and repair your AC leak.
Refrigerant in your AC unit is what allows your air to be cooled down. Without it, your system cannot function. More importantly, a leak of refrigerant can pose health concerns if not treated correctly. We’ve got the information you need to understand and safely deal with a refrigerant leak.
If your AC is leaking refrigerant, it is still not an emergency. The AC system will not perform correctly, but taking the time to call a professional HVAC technician is the best option.
One important thing to note is that you should always call a professional when dealing with a refrigerant leak. The refrigerant inside your AC is not harmful because it is contained in the correct manner, but if you attempt to handle it yourself it can be seriously dangerous. If you are exposed to the refrigerant, either directly or indirectly, you may exhibit any of the following symptoms:
If you suspect you have a refrigerant leak, be cautious and stay in an area where you cannot be exposed to it. A certified technician is trained in specific ways to handle refrigerants safely.
Whether it’s water or refrigerant, Mission AC is ready to fix your leak. Our team is made up of experienced air conditioner repair technicians who can have your unit running in no time. For leaks and all other Houston AC services, call Mission AC!