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Air conditioners are an important appliance in today's society. Not only do they keep people cool and comfortable during the hot summer months, but they also whisk away moisture and can help people with lung issues breathe easier. But, when you come home from work on a sizzling hot day to find your air conditioner spitting water at you, it's enough to make your blood boil. Keep reading to learn more about why your air conditioner is spitting out water and what you can do to fix it.
How Air Conditioners Work
Window and central air conditioners work basically the same way. Air is taken in from around the unit, and a fan inside the air conditioner blows the air across coils filled with Freon. The heat is dispersed outside while the cold air is vented into the home. The only thing that will cause your air conditioner to spit water out of its vents is a malfunction in the condensation drain. But this malfunction can be caused by a few different situations, which are discussed below.
Where The Water Comes From
Any water spitting out from your window air conditioner or central air conditioner comes from one source: condensate dripping from the coils. During the cooling process, the air conditioner takes humidity from the air. This is a result of the Freon coils "sweating" as the indoor air blows across them. This sweat falls from the coils and collects in a condensate pan, which then drains the water outside your home. It's just like the moisture you see dripping down a cold glass of water and pooling around the bottom of the cup on a hot day.
Central A/C Vents Spitting Out Water
If you have a central air conditioner and water is spitting out through the ducts or vents in your home, then there is an issue with the condensate pan in your unit. It could be that the pan is bent and water isn't pooling in the drain, which allows the water to travel into the ducts and vents. Or, the drain may be clogged. To fix this problem, simply unclog the drain and clean it out with a damp cloth. Then make sure the condensate pan is draining properly. If there are any bends in the pan, remove it and re-shape the pan with your hands.
Central Air Conditioner Outside Unit Is Spitting
If the water is coming out of a hose or PVC pipe that's connected to the a/c unit outside on very hot days, don't worry about it. This is perfectly normal. Since air conditioners dehumidify the air inside a home, the water that is taken from the air has to go somewhere. So, it is pumped outside. When it's very humid out, there is more moisture in the air, so there will be more moisture pooling up inside the air conditioner that will need to drain out. If you notice this extra water is causing problems in your yard, like creating mud puddles or increasing the mosquito population, you can put a barrel under the air conditioner drain. Then use the collected water in your garden.
Window Air Conditioners Spitting Out Water
If you have a window air conditioner that is spitting water out, it is caused by an overflowing condensation pan. The excess water ends up circulating through the fan and is flung out through the vents and into your home. Window air conditioners are made to be tilted backwards slightly, so all water drains outside the home. If your air conditioner isn't tilted back, the water will instead roll forward and come out the vents into your home. The resolution for this problem is to make sure your window a/c is properly seated in the window and is slightly tilted back. If needed, you could place a shim under the front of the air conditioner to increase the slope.
If you've gone through this whole article and your air conditioner is still spitting water at you, then it's time to call a professional air conditioning repair service. A licensed technician would be happy to come to your home to fix your air conditioner and get it working correctly again.