If it sounds like your air conditioner is dripping water, it may not be your imagination. Even though your AC doesn't use water, it creates it through condensation. The condensation is supposed to drain outside so you never know it's there. If the drain clogs, water might leak from your air handler.
Another time water leaks is when ice forms on the evaporator coil, melts, and drips on the floor. If you hear dripping indoors, then you probably need to call an AC repair service. Learn more about these two causes of water leaking from your air conditioner.
A Frozen Evaporator Coil
The evaporator coil in your AC can freeze over for a few reasons. It might be due to low refrigerant because of a refrigerant leak. It might also be caused by a dirty coil or reduced airflow due to a filter that's packed with dust.
Once your AC starts icing over, the situation escalates and the ice keeps building. At some point, your AC may shut down to keep it from straining. When the AC shuts off, the ice melts and water starts dripping. Most of the water should go in the condensation pan, but some might leak out and get the floor around the air handler wet.
An AC repair technician can check the refrigerant level once the ice has melted. They might need to repair a leak and fill the refrigerant to the proper level. The repair technician might need to clean the evaporator coil or figure out why there is reduced airflow in the air handler.
A Clogged Condensation Drain
Water forms on the evaporator coil because of condensation. The water drips in a pan and flows out a drain. If the pan has a hole, water can drip on the floor. If the drain is clogged, water can back up and cause the pan to overflow. If this problem goes on long enough, your AC might smell moldy and the floor around the air handler might start to rot.
An AC repair technician can fix this problem by plugging the hole in the pan or by blowing out the drain to get rid of the clog. If the area around your air handler has water damage or mold, you may need to call in another contractor to fix your floor.
Your air conditioner makes different noises as it operates. Get used to the normal sounds so you can tell when something is wrong when you hear an odd noise. You shouldn't hear water dripping or leaking, so if you do, call an AC repair company and have them identify and repair the problem.Share