My Heat Pump Is Leaking!
During the winter months, when a heat pump is removing heat from the outside air and transferring it into the house, the outdoor coil will drip condensation. The amount of condensation will depend on the outdoor humidity level. High humidity produces more condensation. If it gets cold enough outside, this condensation will start to frost over and the heat pump will go into a defrost cycle. But it is normal to see water around the base of the outdoor unit. In the summer when the air conditioner is running, the condensation forms on the indoor coil instead. It drips into a drain pan, and is drained away through a drain line. This is how heat and humidity are removed from the house during the summer.
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