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 going out doesn’t squeeze into your plans. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had in mind 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
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 unit into your home. Drains and coils get clogged with dust and debris and the water will back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Exchanging your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your unit operating 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 trouble.
If you do see 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 unit inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a minor issue, there’s no need to worry. The first thing you should do if you notice water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water may 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 tiny problem, but our experts 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 set up before things really start heating up. You can easily schedule an appointment with by calling us at 631-737-5566.