This summer, the last thing you want to worry about is an AC repair. There are roadtrips to be had, marshmallows to enjoy, 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
works it pulls moisture from the air in your home. This generates condensation inside your air conditioner 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 plugged 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 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 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 indoor unit it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a minor problem, 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 may 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 issue looked at. There’s a chance that it is a tiny problem, but our professionals will know how to handle it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t scheduled 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 314-262-4541.