This summer, the last thing you want to worry about is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to roast, 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 dreamt about this summer. So what is triggering your air conditioner to leak and what can you do about it?
Clogged Condensate Drain
As your air conditioner
works it grabs 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 air conditioner into your home. Drains and coils get blocked with dust and debris and the water can back up into your home.
Change Your Filters
Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner 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 possibility that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of an issue.
If you do view 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 handle.
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 minor problem, there’s no need to worry. The first thing you should do if you notice water pooling around your air conditioner is to turn off your system. Water could 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 inspected. There’s a chance that it is a minor problem, but our professionals 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 scheduled before things really start heating up. You can easily set up an appointment with by calling us at (815)914-6197.