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Leakages in Air Conditioning systems

Leaky air conditioners are some of the most common causes of household repairs in the summer. If allowed to develop, a leak can have a massive impact on the inside of a home or business property. The good news is that most air conditioning leaks are preventable with the right approach. Most of the time, it is easier and much less expensive to prevent the development of air conditioning leaks with regular and proper maintenance than it is to fix the problem in an emergency situation.

Checking to ensure that your system is working efficiently can help you avoid leakages. If you would like experts to maintain and service your air conditioning system for long-term reliability, get in touch with Oxford Air Conditioning today.

In this article, we will look at some of the reasons why air conditioning systems experience leakages.

Six common reasons why air conditioning systems leak:

Drain line backed up – The most common reason an air-conditioner will leak is that the drain line is backed up. Dirt can accumulate and disrupt the flow of water from the pan. The unit leaks because there is no place for the water to go.

Drain line disconnected – Another common problem occurs when the drain line is disconnected. When installers are not precise in installing PVC fittings, drain lines are not secure and often come loose causing excessive leakage.

Low refrigerant charge – When the refrigerant level is low, the unit will freeze. When the unit is turned off, the freezing begins to thaw and leaks occur. This can be a treacherous type leak that can accumulate and eventually leak through ceilings and down the walls.

Clogged filters – If the air-conditioning unit filter is dirty, air cannot penetrate the filter. When air does not flow, the unit will freeze and leaking will begin.

No P-trap – If a P-trap was not installed, the chance of a water backup increases. The P-trap’s main purpose is to ensure the steady flow of air. When no P-trap is installed, negative air-flow occurs.

Poor duct work – If the duct work is poor or if the duct work is not properly insulated, condensation will occur regularly. The result of poor insulation or faulty installation is rapid change of temperature from hot to cold.

A leaky air conditioning unit can have a massive impact on the interior of a property, and lead to far more expense than simply the repair of the unit itself. To prevent this issue ever arising, regular preventive maintenance is the recommended policy. During a typical maintenance visit, the specialist will inspect the filters, the insulation quality and all the installation components.

80 percent of air conditioning leaks are preventable through regular maintenance. Unfortunately, even though leaks can be prevented, they can cause a good amount of structural damage that far exceeds the cost of an annual maintenance program.

Air conditioning problems

Aside from leakages, there are a number of other reasons why your air conditioning system might not be working properly. These include;

Sensor Problems
Electric control problems
Incorrect installation
Upon the installation of an air conditioning system, you must ensure that the unit is the correct size for the property. Oxford Air Conditioning's qualified and experienced engineers can assist you in this; meticulously planning the project and advising on the best solution for your premises.

Whether you are experiencing a leak, or if you would like regular maintenance on your air conditioning system, Oxford Air Conditioning can help. Call us on 01235 524411 or contact us online today.

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