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If you have noticed wet spots or even puddles around your air conditioner, then that is a problem. You may think and be surprised by the thought of your air conditioner even using water, but the fact is that it doesn’t. Water isn’t used anywhere in the air conditioning process. Your air conditioner doesn’t even have a water line attached. So where is that water coming from?

Ask any JR Perkins Heating & Cooling HVAC technician and they will tell you that the water you’re seeing was probably created from condensation. Your air conditioning unit may not use water to cool your home, but it does produce a fair amount of condensation during the cooling process. Typically, this condensation is safely drained away, but if your air conditioner is manifesting wet spots or puddles, then something is wrong on the inside of it.

One possible culprit is that the drain or drain line that is responsible for ferrying the condensation away inside is clogged up. Dirt, algae, or any debris can end up clogging these areas. With nowhere else for that condensation to go, it leaks out the sides of your air conditioner.

You could also be seeing ice melting inside your air conditioner. If the refrigerant levels are low or it is below 60 degrees while the air conditioner is running, the coils can freeze over. The ice will eventually melt, and that can cause the water to appear.

Regardless of what is causing your air conditioner to produce water, it needs to be addressed by one of our professionals at JR Perkins Heating & Cooling. Your air conditioner is designed to quickly drain away any water and dry itself. However, when it is leaking or puddling, it is not working as designed. Most commonly as a result, your air conditioner will rust, and this greatly shortens its lifespan. If you don’t want to end up replacing your entire air conditioner, you need to have water issues repaired before they cause even more expensive damage.

JR Perkins Heating & Cooling is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, servicing the Phoenix area, specifically Scottsdale. To learn more, please visit our website at

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