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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 vacations to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t squeeze into your agenda. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had dreamt 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 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 may back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

Exchanging your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your unit operating smoothly. A nasty 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 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 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 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 tiny problem, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you view water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water could harm the electronic parts of your air conditioner.

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 minor problem, but our experts will know how to handle 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 schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 610-626-2540.