This summer, the last thing you want to worry about is an AC repair. There are roadtrips to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner going out doesn’t fit into your agenda. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had dreamt 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
works it grabs moisture from the air in your home. This causes 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 system into your home. Drains and coils get clogged with dust and debris and the water will back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner working smoothly. A filthy air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes caked 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 view 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 tiny problem, there’s no need to freak out. 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 pieces of your system.
If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the problem checked out. There’s a chance that it is a minor problem, but our pros will know how to solve 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 arranged before things really start heating up. You can easily set up an appointment with by calling us at 520-200-1048.