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 fantasizing about 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? Street Heating and Cooling can help.
Turn Off Your System
The first thing you should do if you see water gathering around your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could hinder its electronic parts. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a warning that something is either leaking or not draining and it’s most likely time for an AC repair. Don’t freak. Just call us. It could be a quick solution. The following are some of common causes of a dripping air conditioner that are uncomplicated to mend.
Clogged Condensate Drain
Part of your air conditioner’s duty is to pull water from the air in your house. This moisture must be cleared 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 spill out into your home.
Change Your Filters
The simplest thing you can do to keep your system running as it should is replace 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 layered in debris and dirt. When this occurs, your coil could ice up—which is a sign of worry.
If your evaporator coil ices over, you’ll have to defrost it by flipping your system off and switching your blower from “auto” to “on.” Hopefully, the ice will melt slow enough that your drain can handle it.
Whenever you notice 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 problem, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 605-206-3915 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.