Is the Furnace in My Home Supposed to Leak Water?

You’ve probably noticed your air conditioner leaking water during the warmer seasons. This is especially common when the air conditioner is running around the clock to keep your house cool. There’s a reason behind the HVAC system leaking water, and it doesn’t always indicate a problem. Did you know your furnace can leak water too? Keep reading to learn why the furnace in your Sarasota, Florida, home can leak water and what to do about it.

Is a Furnace Leaking Water a Bad Sign?

Just because the furnace is leaking water doesn’t necessarily mean there’s something wrong with it. The first thing to assess is whether or not the furnace is a conventional unit. You can do this by looking for a metal vent pipe coming out of the side or top of the furnace. If you don’t see one, you’ll likely see a white PVC vent pipe; this means you have a high-efficiency condensing furnace, and it’s completely normal for these types to leak water. Why? Because they create condensation in order to produce heat.

Sometimes, however, water leaking from a high-efficiency condensing furnace is an indicator of a necessary furnace repair. It could be that the condensate drains are blocked. The culprit could also be a problem with the condensate pump. There may even be a problem with the condensation line. Scheduling regular maintenance on a high-efficiency condensing furnace will provide peace of mind. You can rest easy knowing that any underlying issues will be addressed during the furnace maintenance session.

Conventional Furnace Leaking Water

If you have a conventional furnace and you notice it’s leaking water, it’s important to contact a professional HVAC contractor. Either the built-in humidifier is leaking, the vent pipe is loose or improperly designed, or the AC is on when the heat should be. Arctic Air Services, Inc. specializes in a variety of furnace installation, repair, and maintenance services. Contact us today at (941) 757-8282 to schedule a furnace inspection.

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