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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 roast, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t work into your plans. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had in mind this summer. So what is triggering your air conditioner to leak and what should you do about it?

Clogged Condensate Drain

As your air conditioner works it pulls moisture from the air in your home. This causes condensation inside your system that has to be drained away. A clogged condensate drain is the most common cause of water leaking from your system into your home. Drains and coils get blocked with dust and debris and the water can back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your system operating smoothly. A nasty 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 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 indoor unit it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a minor 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 might harm the electronic pieces of your unit.

If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the issue inspected. 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 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 set up an appointment online or give us a call at 601-268-3486.