Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Mesa’

Water Dripping From Your AC? Let’s Take a Look!

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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What are the normal sounds you hear from your central air conditioning system when it’s running? The whirring of the motors, the movement of air through the ducts, and the occasional dripping of water.

About that last sound … do you know why you hear water in your AC? It’s not because an air conditioner uses water to cool the air. Water is a product of how the air conditioner cools the air. As the blower fan pushes warm air over the evaporator coils in the air conditioner, the cold refrigerant in the coils absorbs heat from the air and causes moisture vapor to condense along its surface. It’s like the way moisture appears on the outside of a glass of cold liquid during a hot summer day.

However, the air conditioner is set up so that water leaves your house. If you notice water is dripping from your air conditioner, that’s not a good sign. Something is wrong with the condensate drainage system the AC uses to remove the water moisture, and you may need to call us for air conditioning repair in Mesa, AZ.

Why is this happening? A few possibilities:

Condensate drain is clogged

The water moisture from the evaporator coils drips down from the A-frame of the coils and into a shallow pan. The water then moves down a drain, helped by a special pump. This drain, like any drain, can become clogged. Algal growth is a common way this happens, but small debris can also work its way into the drain. The pan (only about 1” deep) will soon overflow, tripping a safety switch to shut off the AC. You’ll need pros to clean the drain.

Broken condensate pump

A small pump is responsible for moving the water from the shallow pan and either into the wastewater system or out a PVC pipe that deposits the water outside. The pump motor may burn out, making it difficult for the pan to drain, leading to the overflow and water leaving the AC.

Loose drain

Corrosion can weaken the connection of the drain to the condensate pan, leading to the pan coming loose. This will permit water to drip straight out of the air conditioner and into your house. Usually the entire pan and drain system must be replaced by professionals.

Cracked drain pan

The condensate pan is made from plastic, and in most HVAC cabinets it is set up over the furnace. Heat from the furnace over the years can cause the pan to eventually crack and allow water to drip out. The pan must be replaced if this happens—although the AC may be so old at this point that getting a new system is a better idea. Also, you don’t want water to drip onto the furnace, since it can cause corrosion on the heat exchanger and lead to potentially dangerous heat exchanger cracks.

When in doubt about your AC, call our technicians and leave the diagnosis and repair to us. We have 24/7 emergency service available.

Call Cool Touch Air Conditioning and Heating for air conditioning repair in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Kick back and relax: we’ll keep you cool.

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3 Reasons You Should Call a Plumber and Not Go DIY

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

woman-struggling-to-do-diy-plumbing-repairAs plumbers ourselves, we understand the satisfaction you get from completing a job. We think it’s part of the reason people have so much fun posting and performing their own DIY projects. However, DIY projects aren’t the same as DIY repairs. When it comes to repairs, you want the job to be done at the highest standard of quality, otherwise, you’ll be stuck trying to fix it again.

We can think of at least three reasons that trying to do DIY plumbing repairs just isn’t worth it.

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Toxic Mold Prevention For Phoenix Homes

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

As a Phoenix resident you’ve likely heard the horror stories associated with the development of toxic mold in homes like yours where family members were sick for weeks or even months with no clear sign. Black molds and toxic fungi can cause a number of health problems ranging from respiratory distress to long term disease. So, the best response is to prevent it from developing in the first place, and maintain good indoor air quality.

Moisture is the Enemy

Mold needs one thing to grow – moisture. So, the easiest way to prevent mold from developing is to minimize the amount of moisture in and around your home. This is especially true in your attic and your basement. Any space beneath ground level is susceptible to leaks while the attic can leak due to gaps in the chimney lining or roof problems.

Mold develops on carpets, upholstery and other fabric and cloth spaces – so it’s a good idea to pay close attention to these spaces when in the basement or attic. In most cases, it is recommended that you stick with tile or wood floors anywhere that water has a habit of getting in.

Humidity should be removed from your basement with a dehumidifier as well to reduce the chance of sweating on concrete walls when the temperature drops outside. Sealing potential leaks and cracks in your roof will reduce the risk of other potential issues as well – dropping the total health problems faced by even the most innocuous of mold spores.

What to Do When Mold Appears

Obviously the goal is to stop mold from developing at all with dehumidifiers and air cleaners, but what happens when you see the telltale sooty black or gray patches on walls, carpets, or upholstery? Most mold abatement companies will start by sealing up the sources. Getting rid of mold is pointless if you cannot stop it from redeveloping. For that reason, you should work with whichever firm you hire to develop a clear and direct plan for removal of the offending mold.

Regular maintenance is recommended once mold has been removed to check for new growth. Even when mold is removed and the conditions that lead to the growth of the toxic substance are fixed, mold can come back. So, it’s important to check for potential regrowth on an annual basis.  If you have any questions about indoor air quality place call Cool Touch Air Conditioning & Heating Specialists.

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