Summer is not the time you want to worry about AC repair. You have better things to do—like taking a vacation or hanging by the pool. When you’re dreaming of the pool this summer, it’s most likely not a pool of water by your air conditioner. What’s causing it and how can you fix it? MPC Heating & Cooling can help.
Turn Off Your System
The first thing you should do if you notice water puddling close to your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could harm its electronic components. 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 panic. Just call us. It could be a simple solution. The following are a few normal sources of a leaking air conditioner that are easy to mend.
Clogged Condensate Drain
Part of your air conditioner’s function is to extract moisture from the air in your house. This moisture has to be drained away from inside your unit through a condensate drain. One of the regular causes of a leaking air conditioner is when this drain becomes clogged. When this happens, the water will spill out into your home.
Change Your Filters
The simplest thing you can do to keep your system functioning as it should is exchange the air filter. If your air filter is dirty, it keeps air from moving over the evaporator coil. This can cause the evaporator coil to become covered 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 notice 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 308-832-4321 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.