Our lives are not complete without air conditioners, just as we are not complete without technology. You need them in your car, at home, in the office, in the mall, in the hospital, almost anywhere. Unfortunately, they break down at the most inconvenient times. Some malfunction and keep going on and off, others make a lot of noise; these are just a few examples. All these discrepancies are annoying, but water leaks are the most recurring. Generally, leaky air conditioners are caused by three factors: poor installation, blockage in the drainage system, and shortage of refrigerant. How can you prevent leaks from occurring? The following six tips are great and will help you stop your aircon from leaking.
When installing an air conditioner, make sure the front of the unit is slightly higher than the rear. A 1-inch difference should be sufficient to allow proper drainage. It is beneficial to have the window unit’s front slightly higher than the rear of the air conditioner so that the leak can roll out of the back, otherwise, it will drip directly into your home, causing damages and creating unsightly spots.
From time to time, based on where the air conditioner is, often the filters get dirty blocking the heat exchanger. Blocked heat exchangers restrict air from circulating within, making the moisture within to condense resulting in formation of water droplets which later leak. To prevent this, regular cleaning of the filters is mandatory. In addition, it will be helpful to check the aluminum foil behind the system filters from time to time to ensure that it doesn’t get clogged with dirt. Gently use a vacuum cleaner to remove the dirt. Be sure to read all instructions that come with the product to prevent unpleasant scenarios.
Air conditioners usually have a hole or a groove at the back to allow any drips to escape. Water can sometimes clog the hole, making it impossible for it to drain. It is common for the water inside the unit to leak into the house. In order to fix the problem, you will need to confirm that the plastic drain in your air conditioner is designed to catch and drain water produced when the unit is cooling.
Usually, when the temperature of the cooling coil drops, it tends to ice up. During warm periods, it will melt, releasing water into your home. You can try finding the cooling coil of the air conditioner and see if ice has formed. Then you’ll have to get a professional to take care of that for you.
If there is a lot of air flowing in, the air conditioner is expected to produce plenty of cool air. There are times, however, when this isn’t the case. The system gradually becomes unable to cool the room when a lot of air passes through it. That is due to a lack of refrigerant. It will be necessary to add more refrigerant. You can determine this by setting the heat pump to the lowest setting and then running it for a couple of minutes. Whenever you see ice piling up under the filter, it means that it has a problem and needs to be repaired by a professional.
The things described in this article may appeal to you, but due to reasons known only to you, you somehow fail to do them; a fixed schedule, a busy lifestyle, etc. In Singapore, there are experts who are experienced in air conditioner operations and will gladly assist you in troubleshooting. Consider it a service and maintenance issue. When you hire an expert, they check everything for you, fix any problems, and you continue doing what you already do.
Lastly, it will be prudent to seek the assistance of an expert when purchasing a new air conditioner; this will prevent you from purchasing a counterfeit or a one of inferior quality. Be sure to read and understand the manual before you attempt any operation that you are not familiar with.
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