Is a Leaking Air Conditioner Dangerous?

August 13, 2021

When your air conditioner is working properly, your home will be cool and dry. A leaking air conditioner is annoying but isn’t necessarily dangerous. It depends on whether it’s leaking water or coolant.

Water leaking from your air conditioner isn’t dangerous but can cause a lot of damage to your home. In contrast, a coolant leak is dangerous for you and the environment. In either case, repairing a leak will require professional air conditioning repair.

In most instances, you can prevent your air conditioner from leaking by scheduling yearly air conditioning maintenance. During your appointment, an HVAC technician will closely inspect your system for issues and clean it. This service helps provide worry-free cooling and may even boost energy efficiency.

Find out why your air conditioner is leaking and how you can stop it from happening in the future.

Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Water?

Water is a natural result of the cooling process. Your air conditioner has two units, one outside and one inside. The indoor unit has an evaporator coil that cools warm air as it blows over it. Condensation forms as the air cools, flows into a drain pan and drains out of your house through a condensate drain line.

Due to the condensation process, having water leak is a common problem. We regularly receive calls about an air conditioner leaking water inside or an air conditioner leaking water outside. Here’s why it happens:

Drain Line Is Clogged

Over time, mold can block the condensate drain line. This can lead to water leaking inside your home. Our Aggressive Mechanical pros can break up clogs and get water draining again smoothly. Give us a call at 732-806-5536 for assistance.

Air Filter Is Dirty

We recommend replace flat filters once a month and pleated filters every three months.

Replacing your air filter is critical for:

  • Indoor air quality
  • Energy efficiency
  • Decreasing breakdowns
  • Lengthening your air conditioner’s lifetime

A dirty air filter can reduce airflow, make the coil extremely cold and freeze it. As the coil defrosts, it can make the drain pan overflow. We suggest checking your air filter if you haven’t changed it lately and your air conditioner is leaking water indoors.

If this doesn’t fix the issue, your drain pan might be rusty or have a malfunctioning condensate pump. Replacing your pan or pump requires a pro, so call us at 732-806-5536 for help.

Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Freon?

Your air conditioner needs coolant to move heat. If your air conditioner was put in before 2011, it probably has R-22 Freon. Over time, chemicals in Freon can eat away at metal and create leaks.

It’s important to know about air conditioner Freon leak symptoms in case your system has one. They include:

  • Air that feels hotter or more humid than usual
  • Bubbling or hissing noises near the air conditioner
  • Sweet smell by the air conditioner
  • Frozen evaporator coil

Freon is hazardous to your health if handled improperly, so you’ll need an HVAC professional like Aggressive Mechanical to fix an air conditioner coolant leak. In most instances, it may just be better to request air conditioning installation since Freon is costly. Manufacturing of this coolant was halted in 2020 because of its damaging effects on the ozone layer. As a result, only limited recycled quantities are available.

Trust Aggressive Mechanical for Fixing Your Air Conditioner Leaks

When it comes to air conditioning repair in Neptune City, turn to the company your neighbors and friends depend on. We’ve been known for our fast, friendly and affordable services since 1948. Call us at 732-806-5536 to request your appointment today!