Avoid expensive Air conditioner repair. Check out these tips.
We all love the summer heat… as long as we have our air conditioning. Depending on the climate, there may be instances when a bit of condensation is normal, so determining if you have a problem on your hands can be difficult. But Wally is here to help! Take a chill pill and read on for our suggestions for determining if your air conditioner is hard at work or hardly working
If you see a tiny puddle of water near the condensate drainpipe, this is probably just evidence of an air conditioner working on a particularly hot or humid day. If you see this amount of water growing, keep an eye on it, as that may mean a leak. If water continues to pool, inspect the overflow drain pan, the air filter, and the condensate line of your air conditioning unit.
Begin by looking at the drain pan if you think you have a leak. Do not fear – minimal tools required. All you need is flashlight to check for cracks in the drain pan, and make sure to check the corners and edges as well. Small holes can be filled with epoxy glue, but it’s usually best to get a new drain pan.
Next, take a look at the air filter. A dirty air filter means restricted airflow to the evaporator coils, causing ice to form. Once the ice melts, you’re in for quite the clean up. Most air filters are designed to last for only one or two months, so inspect yours monthly, especially during the cooling season.
Also, the culprit of a leaking air conditioner can also be coming from the condensate line. This drains water from the overflow pan to the outside of the unit and if clogged, can create water backup, leading to serious water leaks.
To prevent your condensate line from being clogged, use a little chlorine bleach to pour inside about every six months. This will prevent bacteria and algae growth inside the line.
Lastly, double check if your air conditioning unit has a secondary drain line, especially if your unit is located in your attic. If it doesn’t, consider hiring an HVAC specialist to install one.