If you’re one of the Overton, Texas, homeowners who has noticed water pooling around your central air conditioning unit, you probably have a problem with your HVAC system’s evaporator coils. An evaporator coil is a primary source of an AC leak. Stay mindful of evaporator coil leaks to keep your home and HVAC system from sustaining damage.

Understanding the Causes

Your HVAC system circulates air throughout the home and uses refrigerant to absorb heat. Cleaning supplies and other products that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can produce acid that creates leaks in the evaporator coil. This phenomenon is known as formicary tunneling corrosion.

The holes allow refrigerant to leak out of the evaporator coil and potentially damage the air conditioning unit. Since the holes are so small, most homeowners can’t detect them by looking at the coil. If you spot common signs of a leak, such as water pooling in places where it doesn’t belong, call an HVAC professional immediately.

Spotting the Signs

One of the first signs you might notice when your evaporator coil is leaking is weak airflow. When you turn on the AC, the system should kick in immediately blow cool air through the vents. If this doesn’t happen, the likely culprit is a refrigerant leak.

You might also notice frozen evaporator coils, hissing noises coming from the outdoor unit and odd smells when turning on the HVAC system. Remember that cooling systems aren’t supposed to run out of refrigerant. This will only happen if there’s a leak. If a service technician has refilled the refrigerant in the past without addressing the leaks, you need to call someone who will get to the root of the problem.

Don’t let refrigerant leaks go unchecked in your cooling system. Contact the experts at JD’s A/C at 903-374-4012 to address all your residential air conditioning needs.

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