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If your furnace is leaking water

If your furnace is leaking water, call Restoration 1 of East End.

If your furnace is leaking water, then you may need a technician to come and resolve the matter. Furnace leaks are quite common, but what are the reasons for the leaks.

If your furnace is leaking water

When a furnace leaks, water generally gathers at the base of the furnace, which could also cause water damage and mold growth.

These are some common reasons for furnace leaks:

Clogged filters – restricts air flow through the furnace coil and can cause the coil to freeze. Occasionally, it forces water to leak and pool up near the furnace.  Replace the filters when they get dirty.

Humidifier leaks – are due to breaks or clogs in the humidifier. Humidifiers are hooked up to the plumbing system to add moisture to the air, and when not draining properly, will cause water to drip around the furnace.

Condensation leaks – are the most common reasons for furnace leaks. This is especially true of high efficiency furnaces with an AFUE rating of 90 or above. These furnaces have 2 heat exchangers that produce more heat, which causes more condensation and is typically carried out through a pipe going to a floor drain. If this pipe gets clogged, the condensation will gather around the base of the furnace.

Air Conditioners – in warmer climates that run during all seasons, can accumulate more water in the condensation pans that don’t evaporate quickly enough, causing water to drip onto the heating system.

Plumbing leaks – there may be a plumbing issue instead of a furnace issue, which still needs to be addressed. When there is a broken or clogged plumbing pipe, it can appear that the furnace is leaking.

Heat Exchangers – could cause leaks and is are costly repairs. A technician will be needed to confirm this and you could end up replacing the heat exchanger or the furnace.

If your furnace is leaking water…

When you see water pooling up around the base of your furnace or water dripping, then you should shut your entire furnace system off to prevent further damage. Most furnaces have a power switch next to or on the furnace. If you can’t locate it, then shut it off at the main power source.

Clean up the water to prevent water damage if your furnace is leaking water, and if you can’t tell where the water is coming from, then give the professionals at Restoration 1 East End to check out your furnace and keep it running properly.