If you have just decided to turn the AC on and you noticed that it started leaking, your first instinct would usually be to call an HVAC expert and to get the issue fixed. But this is not always a problem that will always require the service of the expert. While it is always practical to seek out the assistance of the HVAC experts, there are times when what our unit needs is just a little fixing here and there, and it should be up and running again so, here are some of the things that you should do if you notice your aircon leaking water.
Do not make the mistake of not doing anything at all. If you find that there is a leak, then you need to get the issue addressed as soon as you can before the issue can turn into a real, massive problem. A leaking aircon when ignored over time can cause damages to your walls, to your ceilings, as well as anything that is near and around it. This is why if you ever notice water under the air handler for your indoor, then make sure to get the AC off at its breaker box.
The causes of a leaking AC unit can be pinpointed to a few reasons so; it should not be that hard for you to determine what is causing it. The first very common issue would have something to do with an air filter that is clogged. If it is dirty, air is unable to pass through that easily. As a result, the coils in the evaporator end up freezing up.
The refrigerant that flows through the coils in the evaporator needs proper airflow to allow it to absorb heat. If there is a restriction in the airflow, then ice is going to form. As a result, the unit starts dripping water. Frozen coils along the evaporator can also be caused by blocked registers or vets, dirty coils, low levels of refrigerant, as well as a broken blower motor.
When the evaporator coils are frozen, it means that the refrigerant is not able to take in any heat from your interiors. The result is either no air, warm air as well as other potential problems that may affect the compressor. If you happen to notice a frozen coil in the evaporator, it is important to get the unit turned off immediately. Avoid turning it on again until the problem has been checked and duly addressed.
Avoiding the freezing of evaporator coils is easy. All you need to do is make it a point to get the air filter replaced once in every thirty to ninety day. Make sure that the register and the vets are not covered too. It is also advised to get the filters changed more around the summer time as this is when the air conditioning system is extended to run for a longer length of time. You can always set reminders on a calendar to determine when it’s time for you to get the filter changed.