This summer, the last thing you want to deal with is an AC repair. There are roadtrips to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t squeeze into your plans. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had thought about 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
runs it takes 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 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
Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your system running smoothly. A filthy 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 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 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 concern, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you view 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 system it’s best to call and get the issue inspected. There’s a chance that it is a minor problem, but our pros will know how to take care of 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 arrange an appointment with by calling us at 336-853-6070.