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 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 triggering your air conditioner to leak and what can you do about it?
Clogged Condensate Drain
As your air conditioner
works it pulls moisture from the air in your home. This creates 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 may back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Exchanging your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner working smoothly. A nasty 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 view ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your system off and flip 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 indoor unit it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a tiny concern, there’s no need to worry. 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 parts of your unit.
If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the issue 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 arranged your annual air conditioner maintenance, now is a great time to get that arranged before things really start heating up. You can easily schedule an appointment with by calling us at 714-855-1717.