Summer is not the time you want to worry about AC repair. You have better things to do—like taking a vacation or chilling by the pool. When you’re dreaming of the pool this summer, it’s probably not a pool of water by your air conditioner. What’s the issue and how can you fix it? Northern Comfort Inc can help.
Turn Off Your System
The first thing you should do if you catch water puddling near your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could hinder its electronic functions. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a sign that something is either leaking or not draining and it’s maybe time for an AC repair. Don’t panic. Just call us. It could be an easy fix. The following are a couple of normal reasons behind a dripping air conditioner that are easy to mend.
Clogged Condensate Drain
Part of your air conditioner’s duty is to extract moisture from the air in your house. This moisture needs to be emptied away from inside your unit through a condensate drain. One of the usual causes of a leaking air conditioner is when this drain becomes congested. When this occurs, the water will fill up into your home.
Change Your Filters
The easiest thing you can do to keep your system operating as it should is change the air filter. If your air filter is grimy, it keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. This can cause the evaporator coil to become coated in debris and dirt. When this takes place, your coil could ice up—which is a sign of worry.
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 manage it.
Whenever you see water or ice around your AC unit, your best course of action is to turn it off and call us to come take a look. It’s likely a minor obstacle, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 507-387-6596 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.