This summer, the last thing you want to deal with is an AC repair. There are trips to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner going out doesn’t squeeze into your plans. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had thought about 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 grabs moisture from the air in your home. This causes condensation inside your air conditioner that has to be drained away. A clogged condensate drain is the most common cause of water leaking from your unit into your home. Drains and coils get clogged 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 running smoothly. A dirty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes covered in debris and dirt it is possible that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of trouble.
If you do see 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 system inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a tiny issue, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you see water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic pieces of your air conditioner.
If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the system looked at. There’s a chance that it is a small problem, but our pros will know how to take care of 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 scheduled before things really start heating up. You can easily set up an appointment with by calling us at 408-215-1018.