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 trips to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner going out doesn’t squeeze into your plans. 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 should you do about it?

Clogged Condensate Drain

As your air conditioner operates 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 system into your home. Drains and coils get clogged 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 system 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 possibility that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of a problem.

If you do notice ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your system 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 manage.

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 problem, there’s no need to panic. 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 parts of your unit.

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 small 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 scheduled before things really start heating up. You can easily schedule an appointment with by calling us at 308-646-3827.