This summer, the last thing you want to deal with is an AC repair. There are roadtrips to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t squeeze into your plans. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had in mind this summer. So what is causing your air conditioner to leak and what are you able to do about it?
Clogged Condensate Drain
As your air conditioner
operates it takes moisture from the air in your home. This causes condensation inside your system that has to be drained away. A clogged condensate drain is the most common cause of water leaking from your air conditioner into your home. Drains and coils get clogged with dust and debris and the water will back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner working smoothly. A nasty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes coated in debris and dirt it is possible that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of trouble.
If you do notice ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your unit off and switch your blower from “auto” to “on”. This will slowly allow the ice to melt in a way that your drain will be able to take care of.
Turn Off Your System
If you see water around your unit inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a small problem, there’s no need to freak out. The first thing you should do if you view water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water could harm the electronic parts of your air conditioner.
If there is any water or ice around your system it’s best to call and get the issue looked at. There’s a chance that it is a minor problem, but our pros will know how to handle it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t arranged your annual air conditioner maintenance, now is a great time to get that arranged before things really start heating up. You can easily arrange an appointment with by calling us at 937-845-1111.