What to Do About an Air Conditioner Leaking Water—Tips from Your AC Repair Experts06/27/2016This summer, the last thing you want to deal with is an AC repair. There are trips to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner failing 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 causing your air conditioner to leak and what are you able to 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 system into your home. Drains and coils get clogged with dust and debris and the water will back up into your home. Change Your Filters Exchanging 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 it is possible that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of a problem. If you do view ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your air conditioner 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 minor issue, there’s no need to worry. The first thing you should do if you see water pooling around your air conditioner is to turn off your system. Water may harm the electronic components of your air conditioner. If there is any water or ice around your unit it’s best to call and get the issue looked at. There’s a chance that it is a small problem, but our pros will know how to solve 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 arranged before things really start heating up. You can easily arrange an appointment online or give us a call at 828-775-5176.