This summer, the last thing you want to deal with is an AC repair. There are trips to be had, marshmallows to eat, 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 causing your air conditioner to leak and what should you 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 unit 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 may back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Exchanging your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your system 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 view 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 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 minor issue, there’s no need to freak out. The first thing you should do if you notice water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water may harm the electronic parts of your system.
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 professionals will know how to solve 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 arrange an appointment with by calling us at 256-270-1196.