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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 enjoy, and your air conditioner failing 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 making your air conditioner to leak and what are you able to do about it?

Clogged Condensate Drain

As your air conditioner works it pulls moisture from the air in your home. This creates 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 clogged 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 operating smoothly. A dirty 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 a problem.

If you do see 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 handle.

Turn Off Your System

If you see water around your system inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a minor issue, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you see water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic pieces of your air conditioner.

If there is any water or ice around your unit it’s best to call and get the system looked at. 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 arranged your annual air conditioner maintenance, now is a great time to get that arranged before things really start heating up. You can easily set up an appointment online or give us a call at 432-333-2208.