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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 going out doesn’t squeeze into your plans. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had thought about this summer. So what is causing your air conditioner to leak and what are you able to do about it?

Clogged Condensate Drain

As your air conditioner operates 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 air conditioner into your home. Drains and coils get plugged with dust and debris and the water may back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

Exchanging your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your system working smoothly. A nasty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes caked in debris and dirt it is possible 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 system 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 unit inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a small concern, there’s no need to worry. The first thing you should do if you view water pooling around your air conditioner is to turn off your system. Water may harm the electronic pieces of your system.

If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the problem inspected. There’s a chance that it is a tiny problem, but our professionals will know how to take care of 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 scheduled before things really start heating up. You can easily schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 614-871-4144.