Water Leaking From Your Central AC Unit? Try These Quick Fixes Before Calling For Repairs

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Going into your basement to find water pooling around your central AC unit can be a bit alarming. But chances are, there's a pretty simple fix for the problem. Before you panic and call your HVAC tech for an emergency appointment, try these quick fixes to see if they work.

Note: Before you try any of these fixes, make sure you turn off the power to your AC unit and clean up the water to avoid damaging the unit or injuring yourself.

Unclog the drain.

Your AC unit does normally release condensation, so water puddling around the unit is a sign that this condensation is not ending up in the right place (down the floor drain). It might not be that there's a problem with your AC unit itself, but rather than the drain is clogged. Take a look at your floor drain, and wipe up any debris that has accumulated on it. Check to see if water is flowing freely down the drain. (You can try pouring a bucket of water down it). If the drain appears to be clogged, remove the cover, and use a wet vac to suck any debris out. If you are not successful in unclogging the drain, call your plumber.

Unclog the drainage tube.

If the drain is clear, the next likely culprit is the tubing that leads from the AC unit to the drain. Usually, this tubing is clear, so you should be able to see if there's an obstruction within it. If you see an obstruction, try using a long wire to dislodge it. You may also find success in placing the end of the tube against the nozzle of your wet vac to suck the debris out. If you're unable to remove the clog, your HVAC contractor can install a new tube.

Change the filter.

If you do not see any clogs in the drain or the drainage tube, the problem might be that the coils are forming too much condensation to the point that it overflows the drip pan and flows onto the floor. This usually happens when your AC filter is dirty. A dirty filter slows the flow of air through your AC unit, causing the coils to over-cool and form too much condensation. Pull the old filter out of its slot, and slide a new one in.

Once you've completed the steps above, you can restore power to the unit and see how things go. If more water accumulates, you've not adequately fixed the problem and your best bet is to call in for professional repairs from a company like Daniel's Heating Air & Plumbing Inc.

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