This summer, the last thing you want to think about is an AC repair. There are roadtrips 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 dreamt about this summer. So what is causing your air conditioner to leak and what can you do about it?
Clogged Condensate Drain
As your air conditioner
operates it grabs moisture from the air in your home. This causes 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 air conditioner into your home. Drains and coils get clogged with dust and debris and the water can back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Changing 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 covered in debris and dirt it is possible that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of an issue.
If you do notice ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your system 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 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 issue, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you view water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic pieces of your air conditioner.
If there is any water or ice around your system it’s best to call and get the problem looked at. There’s a chance that it is a minor 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 scheduled before things really start heating up. You can easily schedule an appointment with by calling us at 318-855-2326.