Ask Eskimo Joe, the Orlando Air Conditioning Expert!
It’s the middle of summer, which means it’s hot, humid, and there’s not a cloud in the sky to indicate rain may be coming anytime soon. However, you’ve recently discovered an unpleasant drip of water leaking through your ceiling and into your home. How can this be when rain isn’t pelting your roof?
Ask Eskimo Joe: Why Is My Ceiling Leaking?
Well the answer doesn’t lie on your roof, but just beneath it in your air conditioner. If your indoor unit is located in your attic, then there’s a very real possibility that you experience this issue at some point, as it has to do with the way condensed moisture escapes and is moved away from your system.
Condensation is a normal part of air conditioner operation; in fact, it’s a sign that your system is working well. As the moisture from the air condenses on your system’s evaporator coil, it then drips down into your drain pan, which then guides the water down a drain line and away from your home. This is extremely common in climates like Florida, where high humidity is pretty normal during summer months. The rush of air moving past your cold condenser coils causes water vapor to condense, growing larger and larger until it drips down into your drain pan and can be carried away by the drain line.
However, if the drain line becomes clogged, backed up with dirt, dust, rust, or other debris, then water can’t escape and it’ll back up in the drain line, much like a clog in your sink. This means it simply backs up in your drain pan, and when the drain pan gets too full, the water has nowhere else to go but out. This is when you start getting water dripping through your ceiling, as the water itself usually has nowhere else to go but out, it usually falls into the drywall that composes your ceiling, resulting in unsightly yellow or brown stains. However, larger amounts of water damage can lead to cracks, leaks, dripping, and even further damage.
A serious case of a blocked drain pan can result in thousands of dollars of damage to your walls, ceiling, flooring, possessions, and anything else that might be below it. While this is more than a minor inconvenience, things can actually get worse. Water that flows down into your walls (which is also a possibility) could make contact with electrical components, which could cause shorts, sparking, and even start a fire that could devastate your home.
Call For a Repair Today!
As you can see, this isn’t something you should take lightly. However, a qualified Orlando air conditioning expert from Del-Air Heating and Air Conditioning can clear up a clogged drain line and even replace it with a new, high-quality line that will resist clogging or backup problems.
Call Tallahassee Air Conditioning and Electrical LLC today at (850) 724-4989 for an emergency repair service!