Why Is My Air Conditioner Leaking water?

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Air Conditioning Indoor units when operated in ‘cooling mode’ create water, this water is collected into an indoor unit drain pan and is then either gravity fed away or is pumped away, if your indoor unit is leaking water something has gone wrong.

Reason 1 – Bad Installation of Indoor Unit

Is your indoor unit level? If it isn’t then the water could be spilling out of the indoor drain pan before it can be drained away, we have been called out to clients whom have leaking indoor units to find the units haven’t been installed correctly by their previous A/c contractor.

Reason 2 – Bad Installation of Gravity Drain Pipe

Does the gravity drain pipe actually have a gravity fall on it? Water won’t flow uphill so if the drain pipe has been installed with an uphill gradient it won’t drain and water will eventually drip out of the indoor unit.

Reason 3 – Blocked Drain Pan / Gravity Drain Pipe

An indoor unit draws air into it from the room, this is through indoor unit filters, filters cant trap 100% of the dust that is in the air & so dust / dirt can find its way into the indoor unit drain pan, if this collects & builds up over time the drain pan or drain pipe can become clogged, if it becomes clogged enough it can restrict water flowing through it enough that water backs up and eventually drips out of the indoor unit.

Reason 4 – Pump Failure

If your system couldn’t have a gravity drain pipe then your contractor would have chosen to install a condensate removal pump, these are specifically designed to pump the water to a suitable outlet, a pump has moving parts thus at some point it can fail, if the pump fails then water will back up and eventually drip out of the indoor unit.  Some pumps have filters which require cleaning every 6months (as per pump manufacturer recommendations), if the filter isn’t cleaned then water wont flow through the filter to the pump mechanism and so can back up and drip out of the indoor unit.

Is Your Outdoor Unit Leaking Water?

It is normal for an outdoor unit to leak water if the indoor unit has been set to heating mode, unless the water leaking from the outdoor unit could cause a slip hazard in the form of turning to ice during the Winter months then this shouldn’t be a cause for worry.

The above tend to be the common reasons as to why an air conditioning indoor unit leaks water, regular servicing of your system in line with manufacturer recommendations will help prevent water leaking from your Air Conditioner, during a service visit an engineer will use specific chemicals to clean an indoor unit which helps break down any blockages within the drain pipe, they will also check the pump operation to ensure that it is working correctly at the time of the service.

What Temperature Should I Set My Air Conditioning/Heater To?

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There are 2x modes which allow a temperature set point to be made, cooling mode and heating mode.

The answer to this question is that there is no answer – everyone is different and will therefore like a different temperature, from our experience the general norm setting in cooling & heating mode is around 22C.

Setting Air Conditioning Temperature

Setting your Air Conditioner lower than 21C in cooling mode is normally regarded as too cold and is generally a waste of electric in trying to cool the room this cold, likewise trying to heat a room to higher than 24C is generally a waste of electric – most people set their home thermostat to approx 22C so you should set your Air Conditioner to the same temperature.

You shouldn’t set the Air Conditioner to the lowest cooling setting (generally 18C) – this is far too cold for an office environment and likewise you shouldn’t set the temperature to 30C in heating mode, both of these simply waste electric.

Keep Cool in the Office

Temperature set points can cause arguments within an office environment; we have found that men generally like the temperature lower compared to women, we have one customer whom has a mixed office and on a service visit we found that the women had all moved to one end of the office whilst the men had all moved to the other end of the office, the office had 2x air conditioner units and they found this way the men & women each had their own system – a tad extreme but nonetheless solved the office bickering.

In summary we would recommend a temperature set point of approx 22C.

Do I Need Air Conditioning

portable air conditioning For many decades now, air conditioning has been at the forefront of providing us with a more comfortable interior ‘climate’. This has enabled our homes and businesses to thrive in conditions that would otherwise prove difficult to work in effectively.

If you are wondering whether you need air conditioning, you should first try and gauge the effort you spend making your environment comfortable. Do you often have to open your windows to create more airflow? Do you open doors for the same reason? Do you need to have fans switched on to cool the room? If you do for prolonged amounts of time, then perhaps it would be beneficial to get air conditioning, especially if you have to spend a lot of time in these surroundings.

If you run a business and have employees working for you, then air conditioning can provide the perfect environment to work to their potential. If the air is stiflingly hot, humid or even if it’s freezing cold; air conditioning can come to the rescue.

The beauty of having air conditioning is that it is so easy to manage. Nowadays, the systems can be remotely controlled or even timed to switch on at certain temperatures, meaning that your indoor climate is simple to operate and maintain.

You may think that air conditioning is only suitable for countries along the equator, but this is not the case. As summers seem to be heating up year on year, just a few weeks of intense heat can affect many facets of daily life, from tiredness, to stress, right through to illness such as heat exhaustion. If you own a shop, then customers would definitely spend less time in a muggy, un-air conditioned space, than one that is. Staff members too, will soon begin to feel the heat and pressure and this affects productivity.

Air Conditioning for Heating

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It isn’t as well known, but air conditioning can heat up, just as well as cool down rooms, so it is well worth factoring this into any decision. You may choose to heat your property with the air conditioning, rather than using up the gas central heating. This all purpose functionality is what makes air conditioning a truly great option. Couple this with a dramatic fall in price of air conditioning units, an increase in technological advancements and a whole array of new designs, including portable models and the answer to your problems seems easier than ever.

Why Install Portable Air Conditioning?

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Portable Air Conditioning gets a generally negative press, but as research continues and the advancement of technology improves, air conditioning units will become better received.

It is a fact that more and more homes use air-con now, as a means to regulate the heating within the property. In the USA, it is incredibly popular and has become the norm to have air-con installed.

Within businesses, air conditioning is crucial, to keep customers and workers on the floor comfortable in extreme temperature fluctuations.

Heating & Cooling

It is not as often well known that air conditioning offers both heating and cooling functions. Most of us would already know only that they cool an environment, but is through heating too where their advantages lie. Each function is easily adjustable through manual buttons or a remote. Alternatively, you can set the temperature automatically. Air conditioning is a simple and flexible method of controlling the interior climate of your building.

A further benefit of adopting an air-con system for your property or business is that they can prevent air-borne mites, fungi and odours such as smoke. As a result, the air quality will improve in the surrounding location and be a healthier place to dwell.

The biggest gain that you can have with air-con is the potential to control the temperature. In certain parts of the world, air-con can transform a property from almost unbearable to comfortable. In places of work, such as offices, maintaining a neutral temperature will increase productivity and all round staff morale.

Having air-con reduces the level of humidity as well. It is the humid, muggy air that we find particularly uncomfortable to deal with and this can lead to tiredness and irritability. With air-con installed, these feelings are eliminated and you can also keep the windows closed, so as not to let in bugs and other insects which thrive in the heat.

By shutting out the outside air, you are also reducing noise volumes and exterior pollution. This is beneficial especially in the city. In places like shops, it is proven that customers will spend less time in those places that do not have air-con. This is simply down to comfort and so these kinds of businesses need to have these units installed to keep afloat.

Air conditioning is a great way to regulate the micro-climates around us and make sure we can work to our best. Through filters and growing technology, the units can also help reduce harmful particles in the air, helping combat allergies.

Portable Air Conditioning Uses

Where can portable air conditioning can be used?

The purchase of portable air conditioners is on the rise and so too are those of the portable variety. As prices become more and more affordable, this new type of unit is seen as a versatile option for many buyers.

The beauty of the portable air conditioner is that it can be used in a variety of different locations and is easy to install, set up and operate. They are a viable and popular alternative to fixed units because they can be moved according to the need of the property space. If an area needs cooling for instance, but only for a brief time, then the portable air conditioner can then be relocated.

Portable air conditioning

Portable units are a great addition to many buildings. For an office space, they can be an integral part of controlling the temperature within the rooms. Being portable, they can be moved around accordingly and fitted in various rooms. The workers, as a result, will be more comfortable and work to their optimum.

Having a portable unit provides the chance to have excellent air conditioning in a host of different environments. This means that in places such as boats and caravans can accommodate and benefit from having air conditioning wherever you go.

Their affordability makes them more desirable and they offer a very useful alternative to simply having windows open or using fans to regulate room temperature. The regular fan will simply blow warm air around further and not actually cool the air. Air conditioners will also purify and help reduce harmful particles in the air. This is an added bonus, especially in more confined spaces, such as caravans.

Portable air conditioning units are also seen in doctor’s surgeries and in domestic homes. They can effectively control the temperature in spaces like receptions, lobbies and small shops. For the homeowner, the portable variety is especially handy because there may be a number of rooms that need air conditioning from time to time. Instead of buying more than one unit, the portable one can be moved and fitted towards what the homeowner needs.

Portable air conditioning will work best in small to medium rooms and are an extremely competent way of not only cooling, but heating a space too. They are also both affordable and easy to manage, compared to other larger units. Their portability is their main strength however and the reason why they are becoming so popular with today’s buyers.

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Air Conditioning Servicing

Air Conditioning Servicing – Portable & Static Units

Benefits of Air Conditioning Servicing:

  • Reduces running costs
  • Ensures that systems are operating at optimum efficiency
  • Dramatically reduces the likelihood of a breakdown

When an air conditioning unit breaks down, apart from  the inconvenience there is the potent for expensive repairs.

Air Conditioning Units Servicing

During an air conditioning service, for static and portable units, we check for the following:

  • Refrigerant levels
  • Electrical connections
  • Clean the filters
  • Clean the indoor evaporator
  • Sanitise the indoor evaporator
  • Clean the outdoor condenser
  • Check that the system is running correctly

Our service engineers carry the latest in diagnostic tools to ensure a quick diagnosis, they also carry a certain amount of spares but in the event of a major part requiring replacement, we have accounts with all of the major Air Conditioning suppliers ensuring a quick ordering process of any required spare parts ensuring the quickest possible repair to your system.

It is now a legal requirement that any person installing or maintaining an air conditioning system is a qualified FGAS Engineer, Climachill engineers are Category 1 Qualified FGAS Engineers (the highest level of qualification). This permits us to work on any air conditioning system and provides assurance to clients that the engineers installing or maintaining their system have been adequately trained and are suitably qualified.

For a FREE no obligation quotation for Air Conditioning Servicing please call us on 01273 803820

Why Use Portable Air Conditioning?

Air Conditioning gets a generally negative press, but as research continues and the advancement of technology improves, air-con units will become better received.

It is a fact that more and more homes use air-con now, as a means to regulate the heating within the property. It is getting more popular in the UK as the climate fluctuates and people get used to air con in their car, they now want it at work and in the home.

Within businesses, portable air conditioning is crucial, to keep customers and workers on the floor comfortable in extreme temperature fluctuations.

Heating Too

It is not as often well known that air conditioning offers both heating and cooling functions. Most of us would already know only that they cool an environment, but is through heating too where their advantages lie. Each function is easily adjustable through manual buttons or a remote. Alternatively, you can set the temperature automatically. Air conditioning is a simple and flexible method of controlling the interior climate of your building.

A further benefit of adopting an air-con system for your property or business is that they can prevent air-borne mites, fungi and odours such as smoke. As a result, the air quality will improve in the surrounding location and be a healthier place to dwell.

The biggest gain that you can have with air-con is the potential to control the temperature. In certain parts of the world, air-con can transform a property from almost unbearable to comfortable. In places of work, such as offices, maintaining a neutral temperature will increase productivity and all round staff morale.

Having air-con reduces the level of humidity as well. It is the humid, muggy air that we find particularly uncomfortable to deal with and this can lead to tiredness and irritability. With air-con installed, these feelings are eliminated and you can also keep the windows closed, so as not to let in bugs and other insects which thrive in the heat.

By shutting out the outside air, you are also reducing noise volumes and exterior pollution. This is beneficial especially in the city. In places like shops, it is proven that customers will spend less time in those places that do not have air-con. This is simply down to comfort and so these kinds of businesses need to have these units installed to keep afloat.

Air conditioning is a great way to regulate the micro-climates around us and make sure we can work to our best. Through filters and growing technology, the units can also help reduce harmful particles in the air, helping combat allergies.

For a great service on portable air conditioning units, call 01273 803820

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Mobile Air Conditioning

Are you looking for a new Portable Air Conditioning unit?

Climachill provides portable air conditioning units for all commercial, domestic and residential applications across the UK – delivery is not an issue, providing a fast and cost effective solution to providing air conditioning.

We are able to provide units that will keep you cool in the warmer times and warm in the colder seasons. Check out our portable cool & heat air conditioners.

The demand for portable air conditioners is usually seasonal, depending when the UK weather decides to get warm but usually starts around May and peaks throughout the summer months with July and August being the hottest months, usually. The need for air conditioning and in particular portable units, is quite often more apparent when a hot weekend leaves offices unbearably hot for Monday and especially so when the temperature inside rises further throughout the week. How ever, with our cool & heat portable air conditioning units, they are not only for the warmer periods.

Portable Air Conditioner – Heat Efficiency

HEAT PUMP Technology is also an extremely energy efficient method of heating – it is approximately 3 times more efficient than your electric heater!!

Portable Air Conditioning – Efficiency

For instance the 18000btu –

These units therefore recycle approx 75% of the water which is generated when the unit is cooling. The advantages this has over standard portable units are: –

1. increased cooling capacity
2. increased energy efficiency
3. reduced running costs
4. significantly reduced emptying of the water tank

How Do Portable Air Conditioners Work?

They work by taking the heat from a room and expelling it to the outside. In the simplest forms of portable air conditioning units, the hot and damp air is extracted from the room and expelled through a tube.

As the name suggests, most portable air conditioners are portable and come with wheels which makes them easy to relocate and are light enough to move around an office and placed where the most benefit will be achieved.

For further information, call Paul on tel: 01273 803820