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 squeeze into your agenda. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had thought about this summer. So what is causing your air conditioner to leak and what should you do about it?
Clogged Condensate Drain
As your air conditioner
operates 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 clogged with dust and debris and the water may back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Swapping your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your system operating smoothly. A filthy air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes coated in debris and dirt there’s a possibility 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 unit 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 system inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a tiny 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 might harm the electronic components 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 experts will know how to take care of 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 set up before things really start heating up. You can easily arrange an appointment with by calling us at 614-451-0846.