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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 roadtrips to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner going out doesn’t fit into your plans. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had thought about this summer. So what is causing your air conditioner to leak and what can you do about it?

Clogged Condensate Drain

As your air conditioner runs it grabs moisture from the air in your home. This creates condensation inside your unit 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 plugged with dust and debris and the water will back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner operating 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 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 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 system inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a minor concern, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you notice water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water may harm the electronic components of your system.

If there is any water or ice around your system it’s best to call and get the issue checked out. There’s a chance that it is a tiny problem, but our experts will know how to solve it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t scheduled 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 775-882-8154.