This summer, the last thing you want to think about is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to enjoy, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t squeeze into your schedule. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had dreamt about 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
operates it pulls 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 system into your home. Drains and coils get blocked with dust and debris and the water can back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your unit operating smoothly. A filthy air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes caked in debris and dirt there’s a possibility that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of a problem.
If you do see ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your system 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 manage.
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 small concern, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you notice water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water could harm the electronic components of your system.
If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the issue 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 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 set up an appointment with by calling us at 804-302-6657.