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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 enjoy, and your air conditioner going out doesn’t squeeze 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 operates it takes 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 system into your home. Drains and coils get plugged with dust and debris and the water may back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your system working smoothly. A filthy air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes covered in debris and dirt it is possible 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 unit off and turn your blower from “auto” to “on”. This will slowly allow the ice to melt in a way that your drain will be able to take care of.

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 small issue, there’s no need to panic. 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 unit it’s best to call and get the problem inspected. There’s a chance that it is a tiny problem, but our professionals will know how to take care of 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 scheduled before things really start heating up. You can easily set up an appointment online or give us a call at 503-848-3838.