My Furnace is Leaking Water – What Do I Do?

Many homeowners have legitimate complaints about their heating and air conditioning system.  In a poll conducted in 2015, the most common complaint is that there is water leaking from their furnace.

My Furnace is Leaking Water – What Do I Do

The thought of a heater leaking water seems to be a problem that really needs immediate attention. However, many people don’t know how to respond if this happens.

Leaks in your home are inconvenient, time-consuming, and might lead to pricey damage, not to mention costly repairs.

What do you do if your furnace is leaking water? It’s all too easy to get scared when the temperature goes lower and lower.

If you find yourself in this scenario, here’s what you should do.

Turn off Your Furnace and Call Baylor Inc. for Repairs

If your heater is leaking, the first thing you should do is turn it off. Turn off your gas supply. Set the thermostat to ‘Off,’ then turn on the shut-off valve on the natural gas line connected to your stove and the electrical switches linked with it.

It’s very probable that the source of the leak is something that only skilled repairmen should fix, so your next move is to contact us. You can book an appointment online or call 812.425.8435.

Simply mop up the water that has gathered around your furnace’s base. Water standing is harmful to both your equipment and flooring. Keep in mind: You are able to do this only if your furnace electrical circuit is turned off.

If your furnace appears to be an isolated island in a little lake, you may rent a wet/dry vacuum from big hardware stores to make cleaning easier.

What Causes My Furnace to Leak Water in the First Place?

The following are some of the most common reasons why your heating unit leaks. Depending on whether you have a high-efficiency furnace (an AFUE rating of 90 or more) or a traditional heater, there may be various factors that cause it to leak.

1. Your Humidifier May Be Leaking

Many homeowners add a humidifier to their heating systems in order to make their houses more pleasant during the dry winter months. The problem is that they may soon begin to leak or clog, and it appears to be your heating system that is leaking. When our experts examine the source of the water, they’ll check for this. We can also check it out when you have your annual furnace tune up.

2. Your Metal Vent Pipe Might Be Creating Condensation

If your furnace has an AFUE rating of less than 90, it will have a metal exhaust vent pipe rather than the white PVC vent pipe on a high-efficiency model. The exhaust vent pipes gases away from the house while they are still hot and releases them outside.

If the ventilation pipe isn’t big enough for your furnace, gases may be trapped by extra air. They eventually reach equilibrium, resulting in condensation that seeps out of your heater.

3. High-Efficiency: Your Condensate Pump Isn’t Working

A condensate pump is what moves the water through the pipes and away from your furnace. These may have mechanical issues, which lead to leaks.

4. For Any Furnace: It Might Actually Be the Air Conditioner

If you’re in that period when your air conditioner is on one day, and turned on the heat the next, it may not be your furnace leaking.

Because air conditioners absorb a lot of moisture from the air inside your house, they also have condensate lines and a drain pan. It’s possible that your heater is causing the problem if there’s a block or leak.

5. High-Efficiency: There’s a Leak or a Clog in the Condensate Lines

Condensation is created in high-efficiency furnaces by the heat exchange method. This condensation is effectively drained away from your furnace and out of harm’s way through the condensate line and drain trap when it is running normally.

If your condensate pipes are leaking or clogged, you’ll soon notice a puddle surrounding your furnace.

6. High-Efficiency: Your Condensate Pump Isn’t Working

A condensate pump is what moves the water through the pipes and away from your furnace. These may have mechanical issues, which lead to leaks.

Make Sure to Replace Your Furnace Filter

According to most experts, your furnace filter should be replaced every 90 days. However, if your heating system is leaking, the furnace filter should be changed before you restart your heater. You could notice that your furnace is blowing cold air or cycling on and off as a result of the leak.

If your filter is wet, dirty, or clogged, the airflow will be restricted and additional stress will be placed on your heating system. It’s always best to start fresh with a new/cleaned filter.

We’ll Find the Leak’s Source and Have Your Heat Restored in No Time.

We can service any type of furnace, regardless of manufacturer or model.

Our team of experts is highly-trained and skilled, able to diagnose the issue and get you up and running again as quickly as possible. Call us today at 812.425.8435 and we’ll be happy to assist!

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