Jan 15, 2023 Joseph Mezistrano

Air Conditioning Water Leaks: Risks and Causes

Air Conditioning Water Leaks: Risks and Causes

Air conditioning systems rely on water to function properly, but when that water starts leaking, it can cause serious problems for homeowners. From damaging ceilings and walls to creating an unhealthy indoor environment, water leaks from air conditioning systems can pose significant risks. In this article, we'll explore the causes of air conditioning water leaks and how you can identify and fix them.


This article will cover the following topics:

  • What Causes Air Conditioning Water Leaks?
  • Risks of Air Conditioning Water Leaks
  • How to Identify and Fix Air Conditioning Water Leaks
  • Preventing Air Conditioning Water Leaks
  • Maintain your air conditioning unit with Sensibo

What Causes Air Conditioning Water Leaks?


There are several potential causes of air conditioning water leaks, including:


  1. Clogged or dirty air filters. When air filters become clogged or dirty, it can cause the system to work harder and produce more condensation. This excess moisture can then lead to leaks.

  1. Malfunctioning or clogged drainage systems. The drainage system in your air conditioning unit is responsible for carrying away excess water and moisture. If this system becomes clogged or malfunctions, it can cause water to build up and leak.

  1. Cracked or damaged pipes. Over time, pipes can become damaged or cracked, leading to water leaks. These cracks may be caused by age, corrosion, or even sudden temperature changes.

  1. Leaky seals or gaskets. Seals and gaskets in your air conditioning unit can become worn or damaged, causing water to leak.

  1. Incorrect installation. If your air conditioning unit was not installed correctly, it may be prone to water leaks.

Risks of Air Conditioning Water Leaks


Water leaks from air conditioning systems can pose a variety of risks, including:


  1. Damage to your home. Water leaks can cause damage to your ceilings, walls, and floors. In severe cases, leaks can even lead to mold growth, which can be costly to remediate and can pose health risks.

  1. Increased energy costs. When your air conditioning system is leaking water, it may not be functioning efficiently. This can lead to higher energy bills as the system works harder to try to cool your home.

  1. Poor indoor air quality. Water leaks can create an unhealthy indoor environment by increasing the humidity levels in your home. High humidity can lead to the growth of mold and other indoor pollutants, which can affect your respiratory health.

How to Identify and Fix Air Conditioning Water Leaks


It's important to have a professional inspect and verify the proper installation of your air conditioning unit to ensure that it is functioning correctly and not causing water leaks. However, if you suspect that your air conditioning system is leaking water, there are a few steps you can take to identify and fix the problem:


  1. Check the air filters. If your air filters are clogged or dirty, it could be causing excess moisture and resulting in water leaks. Clean or replace your air filters as needed.

  1. Inspect the drainage system. Check the drainage system for any clogs or blockages that may be causing water to build up and leak. Clean the system as needed or hire a professional to do it for you.

  1. Check for damaged pipes. If you suspect that damaged pipes may be causing your water leaks, it's important to call a professional to fix the problem.

  1. Replace worn seals and gaskets. If your seals or gaskets are worn or damaged, it may be causing water to leak. Have them replaced by a professional to fix the problem.

  1. Verify proper installation. If you suspect that your air conditioning unit was not installed correctly, it may be causing water leaks.

Preventing Air Conditioning Water Leaks


In addition to fixing any existing water leaks, there are steps you can take to prevent them from occurring in the first place:


  1. Regularly maintain your air conditioning unit. This includes cleaning or replacing air filters, checking and cleaning the drainage system, and having a professional inspect and service the unit regularly.

  1. Insulate pipes. Properly insulating your air conditioning pipes can help prevent them from becoming damaged or cracking due to temperature changes.

  1. Avoid overloading your air conditioning unit. Only use your air conditioning unit as needed and avoid setting it at a temperature that is too low, as this can cause excess moisture and lead to water leaks.

  1. Fix small leaks immediately. If you notice a small water leak, it's important to address it as soon as possible before it becomes a bigger problem.

Maintain your air conditioning unit with Sensibo


Water leaks from air conditioning systems can cause serious problems for homeowners, from damaging their home to increasing energy costs and affecting indoor air quality. By understanding the causes of air conditioning water leaks and taking steps to identify and fix them, you can protect your home and maintain a healthy indoor environment. 


The trick is to remember to regularly maintain and service your air conditioning unit, insulate pipes, and fix small leaks promptly to prevent water leaks from occurring in the first place. But, for busy people, the answer may lie in smart solutions like those offered by Sensibo. Their flagship product, Sensibo Air Pro, not only enables remote AC control with built-in air quality monitoring capabilities, but it can also track your unit’s health and efficiency. Visit their website for more information.



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Joey Mezistrano | Product Manager 

Joey Mezistrano is Product Manager at Sensibo.

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Joey Mezistrano -Product Manager 

Joey Mezistrano is Product Manager at Sensibo.