This summer, the last thing you want to worry about is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to enjoy, and your air conditioner going out doesn’t squeeze into your schedule. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had thought about this summer. So what is making 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 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
Swapping your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your unit running smoothly. A dirty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes covered in debris and dirt there’s a chance 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 air conditioner 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 system inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a minor concern, 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 components of your air conditioner.
If there is any water or ice around your unit it’s best to call and get the issue inspected. There’s a chance that it is a small problem, but our experts 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 arranged before things really start heating up. You can easily set up an appointment with by calling us at 319-208-3295.