This summer, the last thing you want to worry about is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner failing 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 should you do about it?
Clogged Condensate Drain
As your air conditioner
works it grabs 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 plugged 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 air conditioner running smoothly. A dirty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes covered in debris and dirt there’s a chance that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of trouble.
If you do see 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 small concern, there’s no need to worry. The first thing you should do if you view water pooling around your air conditioner is to turn off your system. Water may harm the electronic parts of your unit.
If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the problem looked at. There’s a chance that it is a small problem, but our experts 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 set up before things really start heating up. You can easily schedule an appointment with by calling us at 724-370-0141.