What to Do About an Air Conditioner Leaking Water - Tips from Your AC Repair Experts

June 27, 2016

This summer, the last thing you want to think about is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to enjoy, and your air conditioner failing doesn’t work into your agenda. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had in mind 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 runs it grabs 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 clogged with dust and debris and the water can back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

Swapping your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner working smoothly. A dirty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes covered in debris and dirt there’s a chance that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of trouble.

If you do view ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your system 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 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 concern, there’s no need to freak out. The first thing you should do if you view water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic components of your system.

If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the problem looked at. There’s a chance that it is a minor 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 scheduled before things really start heating up. You can easily arrange an appointment with by calling us at 704-233-7363.