If you are in Winnipeg you can be sure that hot weather also comes with high humidity. Humidity level refers to the amount of water that is suspended in the air. At 100% it is pretty much ready to rain. Besides lowering the temperature, the other way air conditioning makes the air more comfortable is by removing some of this moisture, thereby lowering humidity levels in your home.
If you place a glass of very cold water on the kitchen table you will soon notice the moisture that begins to collect on the outside of the glass and eventually run down and onto your table. This is a pure and simple example of moisture in the air condensing onto the cold surface of the glass.
Seeing that your air conditioner is producing water is a good sign; it means that the air conditioner is to a large extent cooling properly. If your air conditioner is not producing visible water, it could mean that there is a problem. The water might be running somewhere it shouldn’t or the water may be freezing into ice on the evaporator coils.
Some self-contained window or wall Air conditioners will actually use some of the condensate water to splash up internally onto the condenser coil for better efficiency. But in general all Air Conditioners will have excess condensate water that will need to make its way to an intended drain location.
The starting point is to keep the air filter clean. The dirt that the filter misses will collect on the cooling coil and eventually roll off and make its way into the drain pan and plug things up. After a lot of use the drain pan and drain line can eventually become plugged from dirt and accumulation of sludge. Pay particular attention to any small transfer holes in self-contained units, and condensate traps in split system cooling coils.
If you are handy and careful enough to access the unit and locate the drain pan, the process of pressure washing or spraying and rinsing out the cooling coil, pan, and transfer holes or drain trap should get things back to normal. Once cleaned you should pour a few glasses of water into the pan to assure yourself that the drain line and trap are running clear.
On older systems it becomes harder to recover the condition and cleanliness back to what is needed for the normal handling of condensate water. Pans will eventually rust out or create rust flakes that will continue to plug up the drain.
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