Commonly Asked Questions About Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (Part 1)

Commonly Asked Questions About Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps (Part 1)

Why Is the Indoor Unit of a Ductless Split Air Conditioner Dripping Water When Operating in Cooling Mode?

As an air conditioner operates, moisture from the room is effectively taken away through condensation. This occurs at the indoor unit’s cooling coil. The condensed water then drops beneath the coil onto the drain pan. The water is removed from the pan through the hose running from the indoor unit to the exterior of the home via a condensate pump into the drain or simple gravity, depending on how the unit was made. Depending on the case, PVC piping might be needed in order to connect the drain to the drain hose. When noting this issue, homeowners are advised to check the drain pan in order to ensure the correct elevation (if the system is drained via gravity). Ideally it should be sloped somewhat to ensure water flow into the drain hose, and the water should be effectively sent outside the building. If the unit in question is drained via a condensate pump, homeowners should ensure that the pump is working. Normally, the condensate pump is fitted in cases where the interior system is installed somewhere deep in the building, with a far distance for the water to travel before being drained. The pump aids in providing the necessary suction to remove the drain pan’s water. Additionally, it’s possible that the drain hose is dirty or stuck, which may prevent water from flowing out. The homeowner in this case will need to use a vacuum in order to remove the accumulation. Finally, if all else fails, the homeowner can remove and wash the air filters and see if it alleviates the issue. If none of these home remedies appear to have an effect homeowners are encouraged to call their Tampa air conditioning company for a professional assessment and proper solution.

What Are Error Codes E3, E4, etc.?

Each manufacturer includes their own set of error codes if a problem with the air conditioning system arises that needs imminent rectification. The error codes are mainly designed in order to a clarify a particular problem. Their designations should be outlined in the instruction manual of the unit. Since error codes are mainly subjective, it’s important for homeowners to keep the manual handy in order to be prepared to respond to them. For instance, error code E4 might be a sig that the system needs more refrigerant gas. Conversely, E3 might point to a key room sensor being disconnected. As a last resort, air conditioning contractors will likely be familiar with the error codes that various units can potentially display. If the contractor is unfamiliar with the model in question, homeowners might have to contact the air conditioning unit’s manufacturing company.

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