We are officially into the dog days of summer now and the one thing July is known for is HEAT. When it gets this hot even the most stubborn thermostat controller has to turn the A/C down. That could make your unit run even more than usual, which means trouble for some. One of the most common questions asked is, “Why is my air conditioner leaking?” and there are several reasons that may be happening. But before you try to assess what the problem is, go ahead and turn off your unit so it doesn’t cause even more problems.
The most common reason for water leaking into your home from your air conditioner unit is a clogged condensation drain line. Drain lines can get clogged with all sorts of things like dirt, mold and sludge so the water has nowhere to go. When this line is clogged you need to unclog it immediately which can be done with a wet/dry vac. If you are not sure what to do, call a professional.
If your air conditioner is aging, and by “aging” I mean it is more than 12 years old you may have a rusted drain pan. While the cheaper solution at the moment is definitely to replace the drain pan, the long term solution is to replace the unit. There are much more energy efficient units on the market these days and you will start to see lower monthly utility bills.
If you have a furnace or indoor A/C unit installed in the basement your problem could be a broken condensation pump. Once it breaks, the water is not being pumped outside anymore which means you now have an indoor problem. It will take repairing or replacing the pump to solve this problem.
The two big things to remember about your air conditioner unit are to change the filters regularly and to have it serviced each year. Having your unit serviced will go a long way in protecting you from problems popping up during extra hot months when it is really working hard.
Give Carmine’s a call at 203-791-8089 to schedule a tune-up for your air conditioner. Also, ask us about installing a float switch – this will automatically turn your unit off if it starts to overflow which will potentially save you from a flooded room.