Patching an Old HVAC System
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Patching an Old HVAC System

When I married my husband ten years ago, I reluctantly agreed to move into the older brick home he already owned. I knew the house was outdated. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any experience renovating an older place. Immediately, I noticed the old central air conditioning unit in the home. After thoroughly inspecting the equipment, I was afraid the ancient unit wouldn’t make it through my first summer in my new place. Thankfully, I was wrong. After ten years, this same air conditioning system is still running smoothly. However, it has received some diligent care from a reputable HVAC contractor over the years. On this blog, you will discover the ways an HVAC contractor can restore an older air conditioning unit.


Patching an Old HVAC System

Your Air Conditioner Is Dripping Water — What Can You Do?

Mary Gonzalez

Water, water everywhere ― yet not a drop to drink! Such may be your thoughts when you walk downstairs in the middle of the summer, only to find your air conditioner surrounded by a pool of ominous liquid. What can you do about this problem? And more importantly -- should you be worried? 

First of all, know that you shouldn't be overly concerned about water seeping out around your air conditioner. Yes, it means there is a problem, but that problem is likely one of three things: a clogged condensate line, a damaged or rusty drain pan, or a broken condensate pump. None of these three things are hard to repair, and the first one is something you can address on your own, even if you have little to no DIY experience!

Clogged Condensate Line

The condensate line is a piece of pipe -- usually flexible rubber pipe -- that carries condensation from your air conditioner to a drain. This line can start growing mold inside since it is always moist, and that mold can eventually block the line. If your condensate line is made from clear rubber, give it a close look to see whether you can see an obstruction. Once you spot the obstruction, you can use a long pipe cleaner to reach and dislodge it. If your condensate line is not clear, you'll have to work "blind" so to speak. Rub a pipe cleaner up and down the line, and then wait and see. Does the water move through the line as the air conditioner runs? If so, you have fixed the problem.

Rusted Drain Pain

The drain pan is where the condensation accumulates before being pumped down the drain line to the drain. In older air conditioners, drain pans were made from metal, and they can sometimes rust out, causing the water to spew all over the floor. Don't worry -- your AC repair contractor can install a new one within a few minutes.

Damaged Pump

The final possibility is that the little pump on the side of your air conditioner, which is designed to pump the condensate through the drain line to the drain, has broken. If your air conditioner is running by you never hear or see this pump running, then this is probably the issue at hand. These small pumps are not expensive -- most are less than $100 plus the cost of installation.

Finding water around your air conditioner is not a good thing, but rest assured that this is usually caused by an easily fixable issue. Talk to a business like NOW Heating & Air for more details.