Summer is not the time you want to be concerned about AC repair. You have better things to do—like taking a vacation or relaxing by the pool. When you’re thinking of the pool this summer, it’s most likely not a pool of water by your air conditioner. What’s the reason and how can you fix it? Brandon Heating and Plumbing can help.
Turn Off Your System
The first thing you should do if you see water gathering close to your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could hinder its electronic functions. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a warning that something is either leaking or not draining and it’s probably time for an AC repair. Don’t panic. Just call us. It could be a quick fix. The following are some of normal sources of a leaking air conditioner that are easy to mend.
Clogged Condensate Drain
Part of your air conditioner’s function is to pull vapor from the air in your living space. This moisture needs to be drained away from inside your unit through a condensate drain. One of the most common causes of a leaking air conditioner is when this drain becomes back up. When this happens, the water will fill up into your home.
Change Your Filters
The simplest thing you can do to keep your system running as it should is exchange the air filter. If your air filter is grimy, it keeps air from moving over the evaporator coil. This can cause the evaporator coil to become coated in debris and dirt. When this happens, your coil could ice up—which is a sign of disruption.
If your evaporator coil ices over, you’ll have to defrost it by shutting your system off and switching your blower from “auto” to “on.” Hopefully, the ice will melt slow enough that your drain can maintain it.
Whenever you realize water or ice around your AC unit, your first course of action is to turn it off and call us to come take a look. It’s likely a minor problem, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 204-728-0180 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.