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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 roadtrips to be had, marshmallows to enjoy, and your air conditioner failing doesn’t fit into your agenda. 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 are you able to do about it?

Clogged Condensate Drain

As your air conditioner operates it grabs moisture from the air in your home. This creates condensation inside your air conditioner 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 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 working smoothly. A dirty 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 an issue.

If you do view 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 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 might harm the electronic components of your unit.

If there is any water or ice around your system it’s best to call and get the issue inspected. 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 set up before things really start heating up. You can easily schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 313-537-8111.