Scenarios to decide you need a Split System Cleaning
It is not normal for a ductless AC system to leak water at any point in time. A mild condensation is a sign that something is amiss with your air conditioner. Any form of leakage, no matter how small, can lead to long-term damage if not addressed on time. Don’t let a faulty AC ruin your comfort, here’s a guide on how to detect leakage problems in your split system unit.
Understanding how split system units work?
A regular split system air conditioner features two parts, an outdoor air inlet, and an indoor air outlet. These two components are linked by multiple refrigeration piping and power cables that work hand in hand to facilitate cooling and heating processes.
An air conditioning unit relies on condensation to cool a residence. Upon condensation, any residue water will collect in a drain pan where it is channeled out of the house via an outlet pipe. If the AC has any trouble draining this water, then leakage occurs.
Ductless AC units do not feature the interconnected drainage pipes. Instead, the indoor unit will contain an evaporator while the wall-mounted outdoor inlet sports a condenser. In such a set up a single compressor can reliably work with several indoor devices. However, all the indoor gadgets must contain a drain that channels the condensed water (produced from cooling processes) outdoors.
The white pipe (in the left photo) serves as the terminal unit for condensate residue for an indoor mounted AC unit. A faulty drainage can lead to dripping and accumulation of condensate water in the space where the unit is installed thus raising the risk of equipment failure.
However, there are situations where wall-mounted conditioners can drip water onto the floor or the wall. Below are a few issues that can lead to such problems.
The most likely scenario is when your drainage line gets clogged.
Clogging is also possible if the installation was not done correctly leading to an overflow rather than channeling the residue down the drainage line. Tampering with the positioning of a wall-mounted AC can shift the unit from its ideal setting leading to drainage problems. It is vital to install your AC to the wall correctly and to avoid altering its position.
Problem on Drain Pan
Another likely cause for leakage problems is when the cooling coil melts causing the condensate water to accumulate and drip past its drain pan. Such a condition can also arise when the refrigerant metering gadget becomes faulty or when the refrigerant is running low on charge.
Note that leaks that occur inside a wall cavity are more challenging to spot. Such leaks can lead to mold build up as well as structural damage to your walls.
Blockage on Draining System
A blockage in your draining system can also occur due to poor maintenance of AC units. It is advisable to regularly conduct split system maintenance to remove any debris that might accumulate in the drain line.
Alignment of your AC unit
There should be a difference in the alignment of the indoor and outdoor units. When both the inlet and the outlet are on the same level, it becomes water to channel water out of your premises.
Finally, always to contact a specialist whenever you experience leakage problems.