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 refrigerant.

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 skilled air conditioning repair.

In most cases, you can prevent your air conditioner from leaking by requesting yearly air conditioning maintenance. During your appointment, an HVAC technician will closely check your system for problems and clean it. This service helps ensure worry-free performance 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 air conditioning. 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, drips into a drain pan and goes out of your home through a condensate drain line.

Because of the condensation process, having water leak is a common problem. We regularly get calls about an air conditioner leaking water inside or an air conditioner leaking water outside. Here’s why it occurs:

Drain Line Is Clogged

Over time, mold can block the condensate drain line. This can lead to water leaking inside your home. Our Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning pros can eliminate clogs and get water draining again smoothly. Give us a call at 519-296-4437 for help.

Air Filter Is Dirty

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

Replacing your air filter is crucial for:

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

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

If this doesn’t resolve the problem, your drain pan might be rusty or have a malfunctioning condensate pump. Getting a new pan or pump requires a professional, so contact us at 519-296-4437 for assistance.

Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking Freon?

Your air conditioner needs coolant to transfer heat. If your air conditioner was installed before 2011, it likely uses R-22 Freon. Over time, chemicals in Freon can eat through metal and create leaks.

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

  • Air that feels warmer or more humid than normal
  • Bubbling or hissing sounds near the air conditioner
  • Sweet odor near the air conditioner
  • Frozen evaporator coil

Freon is hazardous to your health if handled improperly, so you’ll need an HVAC pro like Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning to repair an air conditioner coolant leak. In most situations, it may just be better to schedule air conditioning installation since Freon is expensive. Manufacturing of this coolant was halted in 2020 because of its damaging effects on the ozone layer. As a result, just limited recycled quantities are available.

Rely on Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning for Fixing Your Air Conditioner Leaks

When it comes to air conditioning repair in Thedford, turn to the company your neighbors and friends trust. We’ve been known for our fast, friendly and reasonable services since 2004. Contact us at 519-296-4437 to request your appointment today!