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How Much Water Should Drain from My Air Conditioner?

When the summer season is in full swing and humidity is high, it’s normal for your air conditioner to drain anywhere between 5 and 20 gallons of water each day. However, while it’s completely normal for an AC unit to drain this amount of water outside your home, it’s a major problem when any amount of water drains inside your home. At Frymire Home Services, our team has years of industry experience and has helped many Dallas homeowners identify problematic drainage issues with their air conditioners. Learn from our top HVAC professionals how your air conditioner should handle drainage and when it’s time to contact our team for service!

If Your AC Drains Water Outside…

If your air conditioner is draining water outside, then it’s operating exactly as it should. Your AC unit should both cool and dehumidify your home through the following processes:

  • Step one: The air conditioner pulls warm/humid air into your indoor unit and blows it over evaporator coils.
  • Step two: The hot air is absorbed by your AC’s refrigerant and transported from the indoor system to the air outside.
  • Step three: Once the humid air hits the evaporator coils, moisture from the air is collected in a drain pan, which is located directly beneath the evaporator coils.
  • Step four: Once the water is in the drain pan, it will drain from your home through the condensate line, dumping the excess water outside via the condensate drain.

If you notice that water is pooling in your yard near the condensate drain, don’t be alarmed; this is normal operating behavior for your air conditioner. However, if you start to notice water pooling inside your home, you may have a bigger issue on your hands.

If Your AC Drains Water Inside Your Home…

Water draining inside your home is a sign that your air conditioner needs repair or replacement. If water is draining inside your home, the problem could be:

  • A rusted or damaged drain pan
  • A clogged condensate drain line
  • A frozen evaporator coil
  • A refrigerant leak
  • A damaged condensate pump

Should you notice water leaking inside your home from your air conditioner, we suggest turning off the system immediately and contacting your Frymire Home Services HVAC technician. Even if only a small amount of water is present, leaving the problem untreated can run up hefty repair bills and result in irreparable water damage down the road.

Choose Frymire Home Services for Your AC Service Needs!

When your air conditioner leaks water into your Dallas home, Frymire Home Services has the team you need to correct the issue in no time. We’ve helped countless Texas families achieve “A Higher Degree of Comfort” in their homes by offering the superior cooling products and services they deserve. Allow our team to bring reliable, energy-efficient, high-performance air conditioning to your home by scheduling AC services with our team today!

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