During the hot summer months, you undoubtedly depend on the air conditioner in your home to keep you cool and comfortable. As a result, when you realize that there is water accumulating at or near the air conditioner, it is easy to panic at the idea of needing to endure even a day or two in a hot house before a technician can address the problem. Recent estimates are that almost nine out of ten service calls for air conditioners relate to the presence of a leak, so you are not alone with this problem. Fortunately, it could be an easy fix that you can accomplish on your own and therefore, the following advice will be very useful at this difficult time.
#1-Check The Overflow Pan
It is first important to note that it is normal for an air conditioner to produce a limited amount of water. As a result, the presence of water does not necessarily indicate a mechanical defect to the air conditioner. If you are lucky, the problem could be as simple as the overflow pan that would normally catch the water being moved or damaged.
You can check that out by closely inspecting the pan. If should be located immediately below the pan, and if it seems to be placed off-kilter, re-adjust it to a more even spot. While an epoxy may temporarily stop the leak, you are better off replacing the pan if you see a crack, dent or other damage that could allow the leak. If the problem persists, continue to the next step.
#2-Check The Filter
All too often, the filter on an air conditioner does not get the credit that it deserves. For instance, you may not know that if the filter is dirty, it does not just allow dirt to circulate through the unit. It can allow ice to develop on the evaporator coils of the air conditioner. That ice will eventually melt, turning into the water that you do not want to see.
As a result, you should check the filter when you see water forming from the air conditioner that cannot be attributed to the overflow pan. If it dirty, change it. It may also be helpful to make a note of the date that you changed it on your calendar, so that you can prevent the problem from re-occurring by changing the filter before it is too dirty. As an extra bonus, the use of a clean filter in your air conditioner can improve the efficiency of the unit by as much as 15%.
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