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What’s the Reason Behind My Home AC Leaking?

AC technician servicing a central air unit in a Cayman Island home

Whenever a home appliance starts leaking, it usually means something is wrong with it. You won’t know whether it’s a small or big problem until a certified technician tinkers with the unit and diagnoses the problem. Although some of you may be inclined to let your AC leak water or refrigerant so long as it cools your home, we at Polar Bear Air Conditioning encourage you to think twice. After all, allowing a leak to continue untreated could cause further damage! 

Here at Polar Bear Air Conditioning, we’re always looking towards preventative AC maintenance in the Cayman Islands and not having our customers make unnecessary costly repairs or replacements. Below are some reasons that your AC might be leaking and that it’s probably time to contact our team.

  • Dirty Air Filter: If there’s a lot of dirt and debris built up on the air filter, it will restrict airflow to the evaporator coils. This can cause the coils to freeze up and ice over. As they melt, the excess water will overflow from the condensation pan. 
  • Clogged Condensation Drain: Condensation drains help move water from the indoor AC unit outside. If the condensation drain gets clogged by grime or broken at any point, the water won’t be able to exit the unit. Therefore, it will spill into the drain pan and eventually overflow. 
  • Cracked Drain Pan: The drain pan is supposed to catch excess water to prevent your AC from leaking. If it’s cracked or broken, all the water withheld in the pan and future condensation will find a way out of your cooling unit. 
  • Low Refrigerant: Refrigerant is what cools the air that enters the AC unit so you can keep your home comfortable. You’ll know when you’re refrigerant is low because the cooling system will not distribute cool air like it’s supposed to and it will start leaking. Low refrigerant causes the pressure of AC to lower, which freezes the evaporator coils in due time. The leakage will start when the ice surrounding the coils starts to melt and overflows the drain pan. 
  • Cold Temperatures: Though this probably won’t ever be the case here in the Cayman Islands, cold temperatures can affect the AC system by freezing up the coils. In the same manner as low refrigerant and a clogged condensation drain affect the coils, they will eventually melt and overflow the drain pan. 
  • Faulty Installation: A brand new cooling system should not be leaking if installed correctly. Call an experienced technician to see if the unit was improperly sized or installed. 

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If you believe that you have a leak in your cooling system, don’t hesitate to reach for the phone and call our team! Our highly trained professionals have over 30 years of experience repairing all brands of AC systems. We also do upgrades! If you’re looking to install the most energy-efficient AC unit in the Cayman Islands, let us know! 


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