Why Does My Air Conditioner Drip Water?

Our Brisbane summers are often very hot and humid. Many of us rely on our car’s air conditioning units to keep us cool and comfortable. If you feel that your car’s AC unit isn’t providing as much cool air as it should be, then it’s time to think about having it checked out by a professional.

One tell-tale sign that your vehicle’s air conditioning system needs to be looked at is when water starts leaking from under the car’s bonnet or inside the cabin on the passenger side. There are a number of possible causes for this, so here are some tips to help you deal with them.

Do You Have A Blocked Condensate Drain?

If your car’s floor is getting wet whenever you turn on your car’s air conditioner, it’s a good time to check on the condensate drain. A blocked condensate drain stops the water from draining outside the vehicle, causing the water to leak inside the car instead.

Unblocking the drain is often easy to do if you’re familiar with your car’s parts and engine. Once you’ve located the blocked drain hose, you can bend or squeeze it to release any debris inside.

Is The Drain Improperly Attached To The Ventilation System?

Another reason for interior leaking can be from the condensate drain being improperly attached to the ventilation system. This prevents the drain from doing its job of draining the water under the car.

As before, this is an easy process if you’re familiar with your car’s parts. Simply locate the condensate drain, which can be found at the lowest point in the vehicle’s ventilation system. Reattach the condensate drain to the ventilation system and see if this fixes the leak.

Is Your Refrigerant Running Low?

A vehicle’s air conditioning unit needs a certain amount of refrigerant to keep the circulating air cool and fresh. However, when the refrigerant level of your car’s air conditioning system becomes low, it will decrease the pressure on your AC system and can cause the condensate drain pan to overflow.

A sign that your car AC system is low on refrigerant is when it starts to blow warm air instead of cold. Unfortunately, this is a job for the specialists, as the best option for handling this situation is having your AC system serviced. We can accurately measure refrigerant levels and properly refill them as needed.

Is Your Car Air Conditioning In Need Of Repair?

It is sometimes the case that your condensate drain pan may simply rust or wear out from old age or constant use. When the condensate drain pan is broken, it can cause the car’s AC system to leak.

Depending on the severity of the damage, the best course of action is to have the condensate drain pan replaced.

Avoid All Of These Issues With Regular Maintenance

Car air conditioner’s air filters will accumulate dirt from constant exposure to dust and weather. When the air filter accumulates too much dirt, it may become blocked. This may cause excess water to leak out from the condensate drain.

The best solution for air conditioner problems is generally prevention. You should have your vehicle air conditioning serviced at least once a year to ensure that your air conditioning is running well and ready for the long, hot summer ahead.

Don’t let yourself melt away in the summer – come and talk to any of our talented air conditioning specialists in our workshop for a detailed assessment and assistance with any air conditioning problems!

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