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What to Do About an Air Conditioner Leaking Water—Tips from Your AC Repair Experts

This summer, the last thing you want to worry about is an AC repair. There are trips to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner going out doesn’t fit into your schedule. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had dreamt about this summer. So what is triggering your air conditioner to leak and what are you able to do about it?

Clogged Condensate Drain

As your air conditioner runs it takes moisture from the air in your home. This creates condensation inside your air conditioner that has to be drained away. A clogged condensate drain is the most common cause of water leaking from your system into your home. Drains and coils get plugged with dust and debris and the water can back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your system running smoothly. A filthy air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes coated in debris and dirt there’s a chance that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of a problem.

If you do view ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your air conditioner off and flip your blower from “auto” to “on”. This will slowly allow the ice to melt in a way that your drain will be able to manage.

Turn Off Your System

If you see water around your indoor unit it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a tiny problem, there’s no need to worry. The first thing you should do if you see water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic parts of your air conditioner.

If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the issue inspected. There’s a chance that it is a small problem, but our professionals will know how to take care of it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t scheduled your annual air conditioner maintenance, now is a great time to get that arranged before things really start heating up. You can easily schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 614-451-0846.