With rising heat, air conditioners or as they are popularly called, “air cons” have become a common sign in every home, especially Singapore. There is hardly a better respite than coming back to your home from a long day’s work in the scorching heat and your soul coming to peace with the cool and pleasant temperature of your room.
While air Cons can seem like a miracle remedy for all summer related problems, they are not without their own set of problems. Besides being expensive to repair, a common problem with most air conditioners is that they often start leaking, especially during the summer months.
Are you too facing a similar issue with your beloved air conditioner? Here are 7 Reasons Why there might be water drip from AirCon:
1. A Victim of Faulty Installation
It is not uncommon knowledge that for an appliance to work efficiently, it must be installed properly by a professional. If the case is not so, water might leak from it. The cooling unit of the air conditioner must be at least one inch higher than the rear end of the appliance. You might have a situation of aircon leak on your hand if the difference is less than one inch. So, you need to be careful about this point at the time of installation of your air conditioner unit.
2. Jammed Drainage
On the off chance that water vapor has built up inside the air vent, you may have a jammed drainage pipe situation staring you in the face. Investigate the condenser unit (the open air segment of your AC) and check whether the dribble container is flooding or full. Assuming this is the case, you are likely having a clogged up condensate drainage line. Another sign (and a conceivably hazardous one) of a blocked condensate deplete is rust on the heater. Call the service company promptly if this seems to be the case.
3. Depleting refrigerant in the Air Con
The cumulative pressure inside the cooling unit is expected to be lower when the refrigerant levels are low. This might cause the evaporator coil to solidify. The water will flood into the trickle plate when the loop liquefies. Along these lines, trickling water from the air conditioner may reveal that the refrigerant level is low.
4. Absence of Insulation
To prevent air conditioners from leaking water, the manufacturers use a form of insulation. On the off chance that there is any damage to this insulation or there is an absence of insulation altogether, you might have water dripping from the cooling unit. This happens when the condensation collects from the pipeline and dribble onto the ceiling. In the case of no insulation in the ceiling, the constant dripping onto the ceiling causes damage leading to water leaks. This is, in fact, one of the most common causes for water leaks from air cons. To prevent this, make sure you buy an air conditioner which is efficiently insulated.
5. Dirt and Grime in the Air Filter
On the off chance that the air filter is clogged up or messy, the wind stream to the evaporator loop will be blocked or confined making the temperature drop. In the event that the evaporator coil gets excessively chilly, it solidifies over and frosts up. When the AC is off, the indoor unit will quit endeavoring to draw air making the unit warm up and in this way liquefying the ice. This trickles an overabundance measure of water into the dribble plate. This is the reason it is fundamental that your channels are cleaned each month and the entire framework overhauled yearly.
6. Chilly weather outside
When the air outside is cold, for instance, during the winter months, the amount of water that evaporates is lower than usual. This results in droplets of water accumulating in the cooling unit of the air con which eventually drips down from the AC.
7. Damaged Sump Pump
When there is water leaking from your air con, your first task would be to see if there is any extra evaporation accumulated in the drainage pipe. In case, that doesn’t appear to be the problem, the next thing to check would be the sump pump or the condensate pump. When the water in the air con reaches up to a predetermined level mark, the floating switch that is installed in most sump pump is triggered or switched on.
You can test the pump yourself by trying your hand at this “float switch”. Dirt, grime, and limescale buildup can often time cause the float switch to get jammed. On the off chance that the switch is working, yet not reliably, you can take a stab at cleaning the basin with bleach and evacuating any dirt and grime that has built up to check whether this enhances the execution of your pump.
If you don't see a simple to distinguishable change in the working of the pump, glance around to check whether there is a link or something connected to pull it up. When you get it out of the water, you can attempt to turn it on and check whether it's working – however, don't give it a chance to run dry for a long period of time. However, if it is still not turning on, you'll most likely need another pump. You can endeavor to purchase a match and swap the pump yourself, or you can avail the service of a professional.
Air conditioners can be an expensive expenditure. So, it is always advisable to make it count. Don’t go for the cheaper alternative just because it is on the discount. The recurring repairing cost might well exceed the initial cost of the appliance. Similarly, if you have an aircon that has suddenly stopped working, call for the help of a professional service provider who knows exactly what he is doing rather than trying to repair it yourself.
Regular maintenance of the air conditioner, at least one every year can reduce the occurrence of many of the issues mentioned above and keep your beloved air con in prim and proper condition.