This summer, the last thing you want to deal with is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t work into your plans. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had in mind this summer. So what is triggering your air conditioner to leak and what can you do about it?
Clogged Condensate Drain
As your air conditioner
runs it takes moisture from the air in your home. This generates 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 unit running smoothly. A dirty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes caked 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 system off and turn 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 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 worry. The first thing you should do if you notice water pooling around your air conditioner is to turn off your system. Water may 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 professionals will know how to handle it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t scheduled 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 562-286-6624.