This summer, the last thing you want to think about is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t fit into your schedule. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had dreamt 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
operates it takes moisture from the air in your home. This creates 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 clogged with dust and debris and the water can back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Swapping 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 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 view ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your unit off and switch 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 unit inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a tiny concern, there’s no need to worry. The first thing you should do if you see water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water could harm the electronic pieces of your air conditioner.
If there is any water or ice around your unit it’s best to call and get the problem inspected. 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 arranged before things really start heating up. You can easily schedule an appointment with by calling us at 540-369-3790.