This summer, the last thing you want to think about is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner going out doesn’t squeeze into your schedule. 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 are you able to do about it?
Clogged Condensate Drain
As your air conditioner
works 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 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
Swapping your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner working 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 chance that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of a problem.
If you do notice ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your air conditioner 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 manage.
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 tiny concern, there’s no need to freak out. The first thing you should do if you see water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic components of your unit.
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 minor problem, but our professionals will know how to solve 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 schedule an appointment with by calling us at 201-268-5663.