This summer, the last thing you want to think about is an AC repair. There are roadtrips 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 thought about 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
works it grabs moisture from the air in your home. This generates condensation inside your unit 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 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 caked in debris and dirt there’s a possibility 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 system 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 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 tiny concern, there’s no need to freak out. The first thing you should do if you view water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water may harm the electronic pieces of your system.
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 pros 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 set up an appointment with by calling us at (616) 669-3961.