This summer, the last thing you want to deal with is an AC repair. There are trips to be had, marshmallows to eat, 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 in mind this summer. So what is causing your air conditioner to leak and what are you able to do about it?
Clogged Condensate Drain
As your air conditioner
operates it grabs moisture from the air in your home. This causes condensation inside your system 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
Exchanging your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your unit working 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 a problem.
If you do notice ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your air conditioner 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 view water pooling around your air conditioner 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 problem 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 arranged 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 732-806-5536.