Posts Tagged ‘filter’

What causes my air conditioner to leak?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Dirty Air Filter - Leaky Air ConditionerThere are three main reasons air conditioning units leak. The first possible reason, a cracked overflow drain pan. Secondly, the air filter is dirty and clogged. Lastly, it could mean the condensate line is stopped up.

You can check the overflow pan easily by inspecting the pan (a flashlight will be useful). The pan is located underneath unit’s evaporator coils to catch the moisture that the unit removes from the humid interior air condenses on the evaporator coils. Be sure to check each corner, along the outside edges, and, of course, directly above the wettest spot.

The second reason, a clogged filter,  is the easiest to fix. As long as you change the A/C unit’s air filter on a regular basis, you should be able to avoid this problem. It’s recommended to inspect the filter every month. If the filter looks dirty, replace it immediately. Ice will form on the unit’s evaporator coils if your filter is clogged, and when that ice melts, it drips water.

The third and most common cause of air purifier or air conditioner leaks, though, is a  stopped-up condensate line. The condensate line drains directly into a drainpipe or  from the overflow pan to the outside.  If the line is clogged, water will back up and flood the overflow pan. Most modern A/C units are equipped with a water-overflow cutoff switch, which will automatically shut down the A/C system if it detects a clogged condensate line.

If you are experiencing any problems with your air conditioning unit, contact A-Peoria today. We can repair or even install a new air conditioning unit for you.

 

Check Your Heating & Cooling Today

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – Twenty-eight people, including many children, got carbon monoxide poisoning Saturday because of a gas leak at a Flagstaff church lodge.

Flagstaff fire Battalion Chief Bob Orrill says firefighters were called to the lodge at about 8:30 a.m. and found that 28 people were experiencing symptoms including nausea, dizziness, headaches and stomach aches.

He says many of them were younger than 16.

Flagstaff Medical Center spokeswoman Starla Collins says no one has had to be admitted to the hospital and that it appears everyone will be fine.

Orrill says the problem likely was caused after someone at the lodge cranked up the heater to 90 degrees, causing it to run all night, and that the heater had dirty air filters that were choking the system.

A furnace filter is crucial to the operation of any heating system. It traps most airborne debris while allowing a continual airflow that moves heated air through the house. A variety of furnace filter problems are possible unless the homeowner properly maintains the system.

Almost all types of appliances can cause hazards, but those such as oil furnaces that burn fuel for heating and cooking can be especially dangerous to your health. Most oil furnaces are safe, but sometimes they can produce gases that can be dangerous and even fatal. Oil furnaces can be a source of carbon monoxide gas. Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and deadly poisonous.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 200 deaths occur annually in the United States because of pollutants from indoor combustion devices. Carbon monoxide is invisible and has no odor. An entire family can be poisoned by CO without being aware of its presence.

Carbon monoxide reduces the ability of blood to carry oxygen. Red blood cells absorb CO faster than they do oxygen, so CO can replace oxygen in the red blood cells, preventing oxygen from reaching body tissues and thus damaging the tissues.

Breathing high doses of carbon monoxide can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Symptoms include headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, a gagging sensation, vomiting, chest pain, loss of consciousness and, finally, death. CO poisoning can affect both people and animals. Infants and people with cardiac, respiratory or blood disorders are most susceptible.

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