Does your air conditioning system appear to be leaking or performing strangely? If so, you should take the matter seriously because some property owners have experienced extensive water damage due to AC leaks and moisture issues.
Drain Line Issue
AC systems naturally accumulate moisture. This is why they have drain lines; however, drain lines can get clogged with debris. They may also become disconnected at some point. If a clog is the issue, the drain line will need to be flushed to force the clog out. Disconnected drain lines need to be reconnected or replaced if they are damaged.
Missing Drain Pan
Your AC system should have been installed with a drain pan, which is a pan that is designed to sit underneath the unit and collect water. If your drain pan is missing, the water has no other place to go, so it will puddle under the unit and may eventually cause water damage. This is a simple repair because it likely will only involve replacing the missing drain pan.
Ice formation on your unit may cause serious issues. The ice will need to melt, but in the process, it may cause water damage. Forcing it to melt is not ideal for the average property owner due to the risk of damage to the unit. Frozen units may also negatively impact AC performance. Low refrigerant levels are one reason units freeze, and units with low refrigerant will need to be charged and have the refrigerant levels topped off. The use of refrigerant is closely governed and restricted to professional use in some jurisdictions. This is why you should rely on a professional to defrost, recharge and top off low refrigerant.
Too much condensation is a sign that there may be an issue with the air ducts in your home. It can also be a sign that there are ventilation issues in your home. If your walls look as though they are "sweating," you likely have a condensation issue. Keep in mind that condensation can also be an issue in areas of your home that are rarely accessed such as the attic, crawlspaces, or an unfinished basement. The excess moisture may cause the same issues that water damage causes, which are mold, mildew, and structural damage. An HVAC contractor can properly ventilate these areas and replace faulty ductwork.
If you cannot determine the cause and resolve air conditioning leaks on your own, an HVAC contractor is the best resource to use. They can inspect the system and make repairs that can protect you from costly damages. For more information, contact professionals like Hayes Heating & Cooling.