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 dreaming 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? Contra Costa Heating & AC can help.
Turn Off Your System
The first thing you should do if you catch water gathering near your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could harm its electronic parts. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a indication that something is either leaking or not draining and it’s probably time for an AC repair. Don’t freak. Just call us. It could be a simple solution. The following are some of common sources of a faulty air conditioner that are easy to mend.
Clogged Condensate Drain
Part of your air conditioner’s function is to consume water from the air in your house. This moisture needs 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 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 exchange the air filter. If your air filter is dirty, it keeps air from pouring 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 turning 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 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 510-343-9841 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.