With peak heating season right around the corner, now is the time homeowners should have their HVAC systems checked. A tune-up after a couple seasons of downtime is the best way to guarantee your equipment works efficiently and provides quality comfort this winter.
There’s a reason we emphasize seasonal maintenance
Seasonal maintenance is a comprehensive inspection of all HVAC system components. We call it “seasonal” maintenance because it’s conducted during an specific window of time prior to peak usage months. Although furnaces are used during cooling season, it’s essential to check them for undetected problems prior to turning on the heat.
One of the most common problems is a furnace that is leaking water. There are several potential reasons this is happening. First, it’s important to know whether you have a high efficiency or standard efficiency furnace. Check out the vent pipe. If it’s a white PVC pipe the unit is high-efficiency. Standard efficiency units have metal exhaust pipes.
Common reasons for furnace leaks
Condensation: High-efficiency furnaces create condensation. Although some amount of condensation is normal, an actual leak is typically caused by either broken or malfunctioning tubing, or a clogged drain line. Standard efficiency units do not produce condensation, so any water is likely an indication of incorrectly sized pipes. Both situations require prompt action.
Humidifier leaks: Many furnaces and HVAC systems come equipped with a humidifier. These units can leak for a number of reasons, like overly high water pressure and drain line clogs. This is unlikely to happen with a well-maintained unit; however, if you’ve neglected preventative maintenance, call a professional right away.
Drain system clogs: An internal drain system operates both the air conditioning and the furnace. If air conditioning is still running, and both systems share a line, it could be routing water to the furnace. Systems with a combined drain line can also become clogged, resulting in a furnace that’s leaking water.
Oftentimes when you have a heating or cooling emergency, drain lines and water backup is the cause. Any leaking or pooling water around your furnace is an indication of a problem that requires immediate attention. Not only does Carroll Plumbing & Heating Inc. have experience with all types of HVAC systems, our expertise includes plumbing systems as well. Whether your issue is heating, cooling or plumbing related, our skilled technicians can quickly identify the problem and provide honest and reliable repair recommendations.
For help determining if your leak is a minor repair or major problem, contact Carroll Plumbing & Heating Inc. today.