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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 deal with is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner failing doesn’t fit into your agenda. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had thought about this summer. So what is making your air conditioner to leak and what can you do about it?

Clogged Condensate Drain

As your air conditioner works it pulls 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 blocked with dust and debris and the water will back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

Swapping 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 covered in debris and dirt there’s a possibility 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 switch 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 small problem, there’s no need to freak out. The first thing you should do if you view water pooling around your air conditioner is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic parts of your system.

If there is any water or ice around your system it’s best to call and get the system 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 arranged your annual air conditioner maintenance, now is a great time to get that scheduled before things really start heating up. You can easily arrange an appointment online or give us a call at 715-356-7000.