This summer, the last thing you want to worry about is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to enjoy, 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 causing your air conditioner to leak and what are you able to do about it?
Clogged Condensate Drain
As your air conditioner
runs it takes moisture from the air in your home. This causes 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 blocked with dust and debris and the water will back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your system working smoothly. A nasty 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 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 indoor unit it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a minor concern, 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 system.
If there is any water or ice around your unit it’s best to call and get the problem looked at. There’s a chance that it is a tiny problem, but our pros will know how to handle 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 847-362-0262.