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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 think about is an AC repair. There are trips to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t work into your schedule. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had dreamt about this summer. So what is causing your air conditioner to leak and what should you do about it?

Clogged Condensate Drain

As your air conditioner works it grabs moisture from the air in your home. This generates condensation inside your system 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

Exchanging your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner operating smoothly. A filthy air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes caked 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 unit off and turn your blower from “auto” to “on”. This will slowly allow the ice to melt in a way that your drain will be able to handle.

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 small issue, there’s no need to worry. The first thing you should do if you notice water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic components of your system.

If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the problem checked out. There’s a chance that it is a small problem, but our pros will know how to handle it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t set up your annual air conditioner maintenance, now is a great time to get that set up before things really start heating up. You can easily set up an appointment online or give us a call at 417-739-4606.