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 deal with is an AC repair. There are roadtrips to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner failing doesn’t squeeze into your agenda. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had in mind this summer. So what is triggering your air conditioner to leak and what should you 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 unit 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 plugged with dust and debris and the water will back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

Swapping your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. A filthy air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes caked 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 notice 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 handle.

Turn Off Your System

If you see water around your system inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a tiny problem, there’s no need to freak out. The first thing you should do if you view water pooling around your air conditioner is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic parts of your system.

If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the system inspected. There’s a chance that it is a small problem, but our professionals will know how to solve it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t set up 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 308-624-3485.