We officially had our first “homeowner emergency”. Sitting at the dining room table, eating a nice dinner (with company of course), water starts DRIPPING from the ceiling. My first thought was condensation on the air vent. It was hot and humid outside and the AC was so cold inside, I assumed it was just a little drip. But that small drip quickly became a more steady stream and panic set in. Who do we call? Who will fix this? How much is this going to cost? Then it hit me: WE have to fix this. This is OUR house. We quickly realized it was the air conditioner so the first thing we did was shut that puppy off. Because we had company, we turned on the fans and finished our dinner. Being so late, there weren’t any stores open so we had to pack up the pooch and bunk with friends that night. The next morning we went to church and then came home to what we expected to be hot house, but were pleasantly surprised the temperature only went up to about 79 degrees (hooray for brand new windows!). Eric went up in the attic and we eventually figured out the drip pan under the unit was overflowing (hence the water seeping through the ceiling!). For this to happen, several other things had to take place. The problem was the lines were blocked – BOTH lines. What we figured out is AC units are setup with 2 condensate drip lines – the primary and a backup. Since both of ours were blocked, the drip pan eventually filled up and overflowed! Using a shop vac to suck and an air compressor to blow, we were able to get the lines cleared and could turn the AC back on! Lucky for us, we were able to contact friends and family (including a licensed AC tech!) to figure out what to do to get our unit running again. This could have been avoided had the proper maintenance been performed, unfortunately the previous owners did not. Now that we know what to do we will, and you should too! I put together a slideshow with a few helpful tips on AC maintenance.