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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 eat, 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 thought about this summer. So what is triggering your air conditioner to leak and what can you 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 system 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 air conditioner operating smoothly. A dirty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes covered in debris and dirt it is possible that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of trouble.

If you do view ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your unit 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 view water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water may harm the electronic pieces of your air conditioner.

If there is any water or ice around your system it’s best to call and get the system looked at. There’s a chance that it is a minor problem, but our professionals will know how to handle it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t arranged 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 772-335-3232.