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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 vacations to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner breaking down 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 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 unit that has to be drained away. A clogged condensate drain is the most common cause of water leaking from your unit into your home. Drains and coils get blocked 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 unit running 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 an issue.

If you do notice 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 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 minor problem, there’s no need to freak out. The first thing you should do if you notice water pooling around your air conditioner is to turn off your system. Water may harm the electronic pieces of your unit.

If there is any water or ice around your system it’s best to call and get the system checked out. There’s a chance that it is a tiny problem, but our professionals 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 schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 309-517-7511.