Why Air-con Drip Water?
Aircon dripping water?
Air-conditioning is now available just about anywhere, from
shopping centers, offices, homes and even food centers.
Having this luxury in life is one way for you to beat the
heat, and thus the problem when an air-conditioning unit is
leaking water is a huge nightmare for you. Here are some
reasons why it is leaking water and the checks you can do.
The most common of all is a clogged pipe. The
air-conditioner works by removing excess water vapour in the
environment and pushing the air it takes in through a series
of cooling coils which cools the air and returns it out. The
water is then collected onto a dripping tray at the back
which flows down into the pipe that flows into the nearby
toilet. When the pipe is clogged by either dust or a foreign
object, it will start to clog up water and thus the water
will drip from the unit rather than be drained through the
A clogged pipe usually will become a breeding ground for
mould and thus produce a decomposing sour smell through the
air-conditioning. If that is the case, contact your local
air-conditioning service company immediately.
The second most common problem is an introduction to a heat
producing appliance nearby. This problem occurs due to the
temperature difference between the air-conditioning unit and
the heating appliance. This results in the water vapour in
the warmer air to start condensing on the frame of the
air-conditioning unit and produce the problem of water
dripping from the unit. The problem can be solve by ensuring
that the air-conditioning unit is firstly installed in a
high place away from any heating source and also by
switching off any nearby heating source while the
air-conditioning is running. This not only become
inconvenient to you as a user, but with prolong misuse could
lead to the fan-coil breaking down due to the drastic
difference in the air that it is taking in.
The next problem is icing forming around the cooling coil.
This problem occurs when the air-conditioner unit has been
adjusted to produce very cold air by adjusting the
temperature to the minimum. This overloads the cooling coil
and because of that, causes the cooling coil to change its
temperature drastically, causing water vapour in the air to
condense rapidly on the cool surface of the cooling coil,
turning it into ice on the coil. With prolonged misuse this
could lead the cooling coil to break down or even affecting
the fan-coil. This problem can be identified quickly by
finding out how long it takes to cool your room. If it takes
a lot longer to cool your room without changing the
temperature, this could mean that your fan-coil is becoming
insufficient and thus may require immediate servicing to
ensure that a breakdown doesn’t happen.
The most unlikely of problems which still occurs sometimes
is bad installation. An air-conditioner must be installed
slightly backwards so that the water will drip backwards
into the collection tray and directed into the pipe. If
however it is positioned either flat or forward, this could
result in a collection of water on the base of the
air-conditioning unit or water seeping out from the inside
of the unit. In such a case, it is usually easy to spot as
the problem comes on in the first few usage of a newly
installed air-conditioning. If this is the case, call the
installation company to have it re-fitted.