Cool air should be the only thing coming out of your air conditioning system – not water.
Unfortunately, air conditioners are just like other appliances – namely, they can fail, necessitating urgent air conditioning repairs from a Brisbane A/C specialist.
Sometimes, these problems take the form of air conditioning leaks.
Air conditioning leaks may pop up inside and outside of the house. Even reputable, trustworthy brands such as Daikin air conditioning aren’t immune given enough time, heavy usage, or neglect!
This can lead to a host of issues:
- Water damage
- Plaster and paint damage
- Pools and puddles
First thing’s first: turn your Daikin air conditioner off and clean up the water.
Next up, give our mobile tech team a call for air conditioning repairs in Brisbane!
Why is my Daikin air conditioning leaking?
Finding water anywhere in your home (outside of the kitchen, laundry, or bathroom, of course) is a major cause for concern… especially when it comes from your air conditioning.
What’s this water doing coming from my air conditioner? Is it waterlogged? Is the entire system busted?
And most importantly, why is your air conditioner leaking?
Reason #1: drain line issues
Modern refrigerated air conditioning units operate by pulling warm, humid air from your home and removing the heat from them using specialised refrigerant.
A side effect of this is moisture can condense inside your system after a while.
To get around this, air conditioners feature what we call a drain pan which is placed under the evaporator coils to catch condensation. This pan is connected to a drain line, which drains the built up condensation.
Your air conditioning drain line is dark and humid – perfect conditions for fungi and algae to grow (and block your drain line while you’re at it!)
If the drain line is blocked, water is going to pool up until eventually it overflows and backs up.
Sometimes, this water will be carried back inside, resulting in leaks inside your home. In other cases, it may overflow and drip out, leading to mysterious puddles around your outdoor condenser.
While clearing the blockage itself is pretty straightforward (anyone with a bottle of vinegar and a pipe cleaner can handle it), getting to it is a different story. You may have to dismantle parts of your outdoor unit to get to it.
To avoid making an expensive mistake, we suggest leaving this step to a professional!
And while we’re on the topic of drain line issues, another problem is dodgy installation.
If your Daikin air conditioner was installed by a team that cut corners, the drain line may come loose over time, leading to a leak.
Reason #2: a damaged or corroded drain pan
Okay, so the leak isn’t coming from your drain line… but what about your drain pan?
As we mentioned above, the drain pan is responsible for catching condensation and funnelling it into a drain. Damage or corrosion in the drain pan can lead to water leaking out instead of draining.
Many drain pans are made of metal, a substance that (as we all know) can be prone to rusting away if not properly cared for.
When was the last time you even thought about your air conditioning drain pan? Yeah, that’s what we thought – yours could be rusted through right now without you even realising it!
Another common problem with drain pans is if they haven’t been cleaned out for a long time.
Over the years, your drain pan may fill up with debris and gunk, which mixes together and creates a nasty mixture which can block your drain pipe or cause water to overflow.
Reason #3: frozen evaporator coils
Did you know that a dirty air filter can cause your Daikin air conditioning to leak?
Yep, you heard us right!
As we’ve mentioned before, air conditioners operate on the principle of heat transfer – instead of “creating” cool air, they absorb heat from warm air.
To do this, they run warm air over evaporator coils full of specialised refrigerant. As the refrigerant evaporates, it takes moisture with it, leaving you with cool air.
Without an unrestricted flow of warm air, the condenser coils stay cold.
This has the side effect of creating frost and ice inside your air conditioner. Turn your A/C off, and the frost and ice will melt and start leaking out.
Just another reason to clean your filters on a regular basis!
Reason #4: you’ve got a refrigerant leak on your hands
Sometimes it isn’t water that’s leaking – it could be something else entirely!
Refrigerant is the key to the entire cooling process – naturally, a refrigerant leak will result in your air conditioner struggling to keep you cool!
Not just that, but a refrigerant leak can also drive up your electricity bill as your Daikin air conditioning has to work overtime to compensate for the lack of refrigerant available.
If your aircon is using up a lot more power than normal, you could have a leak on your metaphorical hands.
And what if refrigerant drips onto your hands in a literal sense?
You may not know it, but refrigerants such as freon can cause burns and blisters when they come into direct contact with skin.
Needless to say, any refrigerant leaks should be treated as a major crisis, and rectified as quickly as possible!
Now you know the “why”… what now?
Simple: call a professional for Daikin air conditioning repairs in Brisbane as soon as you can!
Who said you have to put up with a leak?
Our mobile tech team can perform a range of air conditioning repairs in Brisbane, no matter what type of air conditioning system your home uses.
Whether it’s a Mitsubishi Electric or Daikin, or a ducted or split system, our team can identify the source of the leak and fix it for you, allowing you to keep your home comfy all summer.
For commercial and strata clients, Tri-Tech offers ongoing service contracts.
We’ll come out on a regular basis and inspect your air conditioning, providing on-the-spot fixes should we uncover any problems (such as leaks!)
Don’t just look after your comfort this summer – with Tri-Tech on your side, you can be confident that your air conditioning will survive the season as well!