This summer, the last thing you want to worry about is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner failing doesn’t work into your agenda. 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 can you do about it?
Clogged Condensate Drain
As your air conditioner
runs it pulls moisture from the air in your home. This creates condensation inside your unit that has to be drained away. A clogged condensate drain is the most common cause of water leaking from your system into your home. Drains and coils get plugged with dust and debris and the water can back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Exchanging your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your system operating smoothly. A nasty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes covered in debris and dirt there’s a possibility that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of an issue.
If you do notice ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your air conditioner off and flip your blower from “auto” to “on”. This will slowly allow the ice to melt in a way that your drain will be able to handle.
Turn Off Your System
If you see water around your indoor unit it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a minor issue, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you see water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic parts of your system.
If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the problem inspected. There’s a chance that it is a tiny problem, but our experts will know how to solve it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t set up 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 402-318-5351.