During the warmer months of the year, many people rely upon air conditioning units to keep their homes at a comfortable temperature. If you are one of these homeowners and you notice the unit is leaking water, action needs to be taken to repair the problem so cool air continues to emit into your home.
Check For A Clogged Condensate Tube
Your air conditioner has a condensate line present to remove excess moisture from the unit to be dispersed to a collection chamber. If this line is clogged, water will back up and start to leak from the unit itself. It is important to check the line periodically for clogs, which are usually caused by algae and fungi. To remove these natural occurrences, pour a few ounces of vinegar into the tube at the location nearest to the unit. The vinegar will effectively disintegrate algae or fungi, allowing moisture to continue to run through the tubing. For instances where buildup has already hardened, use a wet/dry vacuum to create a suction for removal.
Make Sure The Drain Pan Is Not Compromised
If your unit has a damaged drain pan, water will not have an area for collection. This leads to puddling under your unit. Make sure your unit has the drain pan in place and that it has not become cracked or bent. Evaluate the condition of the pan closely for small lines within its structure. These can be patched using rubberized caulk for a quick fix, or you can replace the entire pan with a part for your particular air conditioning model.
Swap Out The Filter Regularly
If the air filter in your unit becomes covered with dust or mildew, the air is unable to effectively run through your unit to be cooled. This can cause the evaporator coils inside your unit to freeze as the airflow becomes restricted. Make it a priority to check the condition of the filter each month and replace it or clean it depending upon the type of filter your unit uses.
Contact A Professional For An Assessment
If the above measures do not aid in stopping a water leak, it is best to call on a professional air conditioning repair service to come to the rescue. They will evaluate the unit for any potential hazards, and have the parts on hand or easily obtainable to make repairs to the unit as needed. Maintaining your unit each year also keeps it in the best possible running condition.
For more information on residential AC repair, contact a company near you.
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