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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 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 thought about this summer. So what is causing your air conditioner to leak and what should you do about it?

Clogged Condensate Drain

As your air conditioner works it grabs moisture from the air in your home. This generates condensation inside your unit that has to be drained away. A clogged condensate drain is the most common cause of water leaking from your air conditioner into your home. Drains and coils get clogged with dust and debris and the water can 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 filthy air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes covered in debris and dirt there’s a possibility 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 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 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 issue, there’s no need to freak out. The first thing you should do if you see water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water could harm the electronic pieces of your system.

If there is any water or ice around your unit it’s best to call and get the system checked out. There’s a chance that it is a tiny 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 arranged before things really start heating up. You can easily schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 314-838-9800.