With the humid and harsh summers of Austin settling in, air conditioners are a necessity now more than ever. However, a small problem such as a leaking AC unit could cause bigger issues down the line that could require the need of a professional to repair.Here are a few reasons why an AC might start leaking and what you can do to fix the problem.
AC units may start leaking if they were installed incorrectly or mounted at an angle. This will result in your AC unit not draining correctly and it ultimately causing a leak that could continue to cause stains or damage to the area around it.In these situations, it's best to contact a professional to ensure that the unit is level and does not operate at an angle.
The condensate drain in your system could also become clogged which can result in water not draining correctly and overflowing. The clogged drain could be the result of debris around the pipe as well as algae, mold, and mildew which all could potentially cause damage to the unit.Thankfully this can be fixed easily by simply clearing out the drain pipe which will allow the excess water to drain correctly.
A leak can also be caused by a cracked condensate drain pan. This pan is located nearby the evaporative coil in some units to collect moisture that occurs while your unit is on. When it's cracked, this could ultimately cause problems in directing the water away from your home and can slowly cause damage to the area where your unit is located.The drainage pan will need to be replaced in order for the excess condensation to be redirected away from your home.
A blocked airflow could cause your evaporator coil to freeze as a result of a dirty air filter which doesn't allow for cooled air to pass by. When it starts to unfreeze, the dripping condensation could be too much for your drain pan to handle and could result in spillage.Checking to make sure that an air filter is clean is essential and should be changed regularly. If you suspect that your air filter is dirty, you might need to replace it with a new one to ensure that your unit works correctly.
While you might consider yourself handy with tools, it's always best to leave a professional inspect your AC unit. They will be able to identify what will need to be done to get your AC working once more while ensuring that no damage is caused to your home.Many have ended up paying much more than they would have by attempting to repair it themselves. A leaking AC might seem like an easy challenge to take on, but it's best to leave it to a professional to repair.
Air conditioning maintenance is important to prevent these problems. Servicing your unit at least two times a year is recommended to ensure that all aspects of your unit work correctly.This is why Stan's Heating and Cooling offers a variety of options to ensure that your unit works correctly year round. Choose from our individual tune ups or our Gold Service Club which offers a better deal to ensure that you are covered year round while saving money.Is your AC broken? Contact Stan's Heating and Cooling today to ensure that your home has the comfortable temperature you want all year long.