Air conditioners remove humidity and heat from a house by taking indoor air and passing it over a cooling coil. Humidity, that can be seen as small water droplets, is present on the coil. When the droplets have become large enough, they will fall to a condensation pan that is below. The water collected is then delivered outdoors through a condensation drain tube or to a drain in the interior. If this water starts leaking, there are some problems that can arise. Some of the common problems associated with leaking air conditions are mildew and mold. Mildew or mold is destructive as it will start ruining interior finishes of a house.
To avoid ruining such finishes, you should look for methods you can use to prevent air conditioning leakage. If you are living in Singapore, there are two main methods you can use for aircon leakage prevention. You can implement some preventive measures which will ensure your air conditioning does not leak. Alternatively, a professional and experienced air conditioning technician can check your unit often. If the leaking has started, you can follow a simple air conditioning leakage prevention process.
Get a flashlight to find the leaking part and try to find the leaking point. If you discover that water appears to come room the interior of a metal housing, turn it and all electrical power off. The air handler’s interior drain pan should be accessed. Have a look at the manufacturer’s manual to find the service door. Open it and take a look inside. If the coil does not have any ice and the condensation pan has been filled with water, debris must be filling the drain pipe.
Check for any obstructions in the drain tube especially if it drains outdoors. Debris from rodents may be present inside the drainpipe. Check for obstructions or kinks in the drain tube when a rubber hose is used for drainage. Clean the tube using a wirethat is long and stiff. If the cooling coil has been iced over, replace the air filter. When there is reduced air flow, the coil is likely to form ice that normally causes water to start leaking from the unit. If cleaning the air filter does not work, you should think of replacing it.
Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to clean the cleaning coil. Make sure you only do this after the ice has melted completely and the fins are dry. Gently run the brush in the same direction as the fins. If there is heavy grease buildup on the fins, you will have to contact a certified air conditioning technician to do the cleaning. A foam insulation covering the refrigerant lines should be inspected. When there is a hole or break in this insulation, a water leak may be the result of condensation on the pipes.
Perform a test run of the unit after you have finished the above steps. If the unit fails to work, you should contact a certified Singapore air conditioning technician. You can also contact such a technician if the steps above seem to be too much work.