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 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 pulls moisture from the air in your home. This generates condensation inside your unit that has to be drained away. A clogged condensate drain is the most common cause of water leaking from your system into your home. Drains and coils get plugged with dust and debris and the water may back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Swapping your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. A nasty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes caked in debris and dirt it is possible 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 turn 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 system inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a small problem, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you see water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water may 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 system inspected. There’s a chance that it is a small problem, but our professionals 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 arrange an appointment with by calling us at 715-301-0727.