How to Stop a Dripping A/C?
In our last blog post, we discussed all the reasons your AC could be leaking water. Next up, we’ll talk about what to do about it! Of course, you should always call your technician as soon as possible if you notice your AC leaking. However, there are some things you can do to help yourself and your unit in the meantime while you wait for them.
Your first course of action if you notice your AC leaking should always be to turn your AC off immediately. Obviously, leaving it running is just giving it more time and opportunity to further damage itself or its surroundings. We know, it’s hot out–but we’ve got to stop that water flow!
Next up, clean up the water. Leaving standing water can cause a host of other problems, ranging from mold to damaging floors, walls, and even the foundation if you don’t get to it quickly enough. A few towels may do the trick, but if your issue is something a little more grave, like a frozen coil, you may need the help of a wet vac to keep up with the melting ice--which is something your technician might have on hand!
If you notice that there’s water consistently dripping from your AC, you could very well have a frozen coil. In this case, there are a few quick tips that could help you end your AC debacle:
Your coil needs to defrost! Make sure that the AC is off–but you can turn on the fan in order to blow air through the machine, thus speeding up the thawing. Make sure to go in after it with a wet vac so you don’t leave the incoming water to damage your floors.
Check your air vents! In order to encourage the best airflow to be able to defrost the coil, make sure there’s nothing blocking optimal airflow.
Replace air filters! A dirty filter means low airflow. Chances are, those bad boys need changing anyways. What better time when you’re trying to make your airflow golden?
Note: never try to manually remove the ice. The coils are sensitive and can be easily damaged, especially by sharp or metal objects. We know, you need this AC to work! But trust us, you don’t want to have to replace the coil, too!
If you’re lucky, this could be the end of your leaky AC woes. However, make sure to call a professional to ensure that your AC is okay–what’s worse than a broken AC, especially in Texas?
Once one of our experienced technicians has arrived, you can rest assured knowing that your AC is in good hands. Whether cleaning a drain line, quoting or replacing a drain pan or condensate pump, or thawing the coil, our technicians are equipped with years of experience and knowledge in the trade to be able to provide your machine with the care it needs. No matter what your machine needs, know that our technician will have an answer for you.
What can you do to prevent a leaky AC in the future? Of course, the best way to secure the health of your AC is to make sure it’s being maintained regularly. Not only will regular maintenance catch anything that could cause a bigger problem in the future, but it will also ensure that your AC has a much lower chance of causing your grief (and sweat) down the line. For us here in Texas, it’s wise to have a technician over for a visit in the spring to make sure that your AC is ready to handle the incoming, scorching summer heat.
If you have a dripping or leaking air conditioner, please do not hesitate to call us here at Tri-Point Refrigeration. We are committed to providing our clients with the utmost quality of service while giving your AC the care and attention that it deserves.
We are excited to help you along the way, and with regular servicing, we can keep your equipment running smoothly and healthily, while also extending the reach of your dollar.
For a direct line to any of our employees ready on the line to help you, please call…(512) 651-4565 for our Austin, Texas community (806) 686-0050 for our Lubbock, Texas community.
Or check out our website at www.tripointrefrigeration.com