This summer, the last thing you want to deal with is an AC repair. There are trips to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t fit into your agenda. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had dreamt about this summer. So what is triggering 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 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 system into your home. Drains and coils get blocked with dust and debris and the water will 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 dirty 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 trouble.
If you do view ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your system 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 manage.
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 issue, 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 pieces of your air conditioner.
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 small problem, but our pros will know how to take care of it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t arranged 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 402-509-5940.