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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 trips to be had, marshmallows to enjoy, and your air conditioner going out doesn’t work into your schedule. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had in mind 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 operates it grabs moisture from the air in your home. This causes 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 plugged with dust and debris and the water will back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

Exchanging your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner working 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 possibility 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 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 see water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water may harm the electronic parts of your unit.

If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the system inspected. There’s a chance that it is a tiny problem, but our pros 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 set up before things really start heating up. You can easily arrange an appointment online or give us a call at 719-332-3458.