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 fit 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
works it takes moisture from the air in your home. This generates condensation inside your system 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 plugged with dust and debris and the water may back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Swapping your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your unit operating smoothly. A dirty 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 a problem.
If you do notice ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your unit 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 take care of.
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 see water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water could 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 system looked at. There’s a chance that it is a minor problem, but our professionals will know how to take care of 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 schedule an appointment with by calling us at 850-250-0335.