Help My Heat Pump is Leaking Water - Ask the Expert Episode 245

Today’s question comes from John Wellborn. “Hey Dan, my back yard is wet from leaking water from the heat pump. Can you help?”

Of course I can. I’m the expert from Ask the Expert.

The leaking water is probably condensate runoff. That happens with an air conditioner heat pump. Heat pumps can have condensate flowing out of the house either directly from the condenser or the air handler. And, of course, it’s water, so if that’s all over your back yard, and that’s a problem then what do you do?

First of all, there’s nothing you can do about the unit. There isn’t a switch you can flip that says "less condensate". But what you can do is dig a dry well. It’s pretty easy to do. You can probably get the stuff you need from it from like Home Depot or Lowes.

A dry well is just, you dig a hole and put in a dry well canister. It’s just like a piece with slots in the side and you put it in the hole. You can put rocks in it if you want. Then you put the cap on and water flows in and it flows out into your dirt and it doesn’t pool up. This will help manage the leaking water issue.

You can do that in a weekend. I’m sure there are a lot of videos on YouTube. It’s not something we sell, but it’s a pretty easy fix.

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