One of the most common hvac service calls we get from our clients is their A/C pans being full or water. Thankfully, many times its an easy fix for our technicians. That’s not to say that something major hasn’t happened with you unit, it’s just that it also may be a pretty simple fix you can do on your own, before you call us for service. Listed below is the top 5 reasons on why your ac drain pan may be full of water and how you can fix it, or maybe even prevent it from happening again.
Causes of an A/C Drain Pan Being Full of Water
There are a variety of reasons your drain pan may be full of water. The most common being a clogged drain pipe. Other common reasons may be frozen coils, low refrigerant levels, improper installation of your HVAC unit or even a defective or damaged drain pan.
In any of the cases listed above, most are a fairly easy enough fix. We break that down for you below.
1. Frozen Evaporator Coils
2. Clogged Drain Pipe
If this happens to you, it’s best to call an ac repair technician. This is not a job that you can afford to attempt on your own, as severe damage can occur if it is not done correctly.
3. Low Refrigerant Levels
4. Improper Installation of the Drain Pan
How to Fix a Full Drain Pan Yourself
Hopefully this goes without saying, but before do any repair work on your HVAC unit, TURN THE POWER OFF! Once you do this, the first thing you want to ensure is that the drain outlet is functioning properly. Use a shop vacuum to remove any standing water first. Remove any dirt of excess debris from the pan and ensure that the drain outset is not blocked so that it can properly drain.
Next, inspect the drain line itself and ensure that it isn’t kinked or obstructed in anyway. Look for any cracks or holes and replace the drain line if needed. Check the drip pan and ensure that it’s not sagging in the middle and that it has a proper slope towards the drain outlet. Ensure that the pan’s support brackets are properly installed and are not damaged or missing. Also, make sure the units coils are not frozen and there are no leaks. If you know how, check the units refrigerant levels.
At this point, if any of these more serious problems exist, we highly recommend you call your local HVAC contractor to have your unit properly repaired.
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