This summer, the last thing you want to deal with is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t work into your schedule. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had in mind this summer. So what is making 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 generates 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 plugged with dust and debris and the water may back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Exchanging your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner operating smoothly. A filthy air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes covered in debris and dirt there’s a chance that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of a problem.
If you do notice ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your unit 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 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 issue, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you view water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic pieces of your system.
If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the system inspected. There’s a chance that it is a tiny 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 set up before things really start heating up. You can easily set up an appointment with by calling us at 478-202-3170.