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Water vs. Refrigerant Leaks

When things are out of the ordinary, your mind probably jumps to the worst-case scenario. The unknown can be scary, so it’s understandable to be nervous when your air conditioner leaks. No need to worry, though. Although you shouldn’t wait to get it fixed, it’s more than likely a non-dangerous situation for you and your family.

If your AC unit is leaking, it’s most likely just water. Water commonly drips from HVAC systems because of disconnected or clogged drain lines. An overflowing or cracked drip pan, as well as frozen evaporator coils, can also cause water to drip from your unit. Your AC unit can also leak refrigerant, the liquid used to cool your home’s air, but it’s not as common.

Refrigerant can become dangerous if the leaking liquid evaporates and becomes a gas. If you believe your AC unit is leaking refrigerant, be sure to contact your AC company immediately. If your air conditioner leaks water, you are safe – but you should still call for AC repair.

How to Tell if You Have an AC Leak

You’ll know your AC system is leaking if there is a puddle on the floor under your unit. In the event that your evaporator coils are frozen or your system is leaking refrigerant, you’re likely to notice a change in the efficiency of your system. A leaking air conditioner will also cause your electricity bills to rise.

When your AC begins to leak, first try to determine what is leaking and where it’s coming from. If you’ve determined the liquid leaking from your AC unit is water and you can’t fix the problem, call us at Big Mountain Air. Our professional team has been locating and repairing HVAC problems since 2006. Contact us today to schedule your home visit and leave your worries behind you.