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What to Do About an Air Conditioner Leaking Water—Tips from Your AC Repair Experts

Summer is not the time you want to worry about AC repair. You have better things to do—like taking a vacation or hanging by the pool. When you’re dreaming of the pool this summer, it’s hopefully not a pool of water by your air conditioner. What’s the reason and how can you fix it? James Heating & A/C, Inc can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you notice water puddling near your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could harm its electronic parts. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a sign that something is either leaking or not draining and it’s maybe time for an AC repair. Don’t freak. Just call us. It could be a quick repair. The following are a few common causes of a leaking air conditioner that are easy to restore.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s function is to pull vapor from the air in your house. This moisture must be cleared away from inside your unit through a condensate drain. One of the usual causes of a leaking air conditioner is when this drain becomes clogged. When this happens, the water will back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

The simplest thing you can do to keep your system functioning as it should is exchange the air filter. If your air filter is dirty, it keeps air from moving over the evaporator coil. This can cause the evaporator coil to become covered in debris and dirt. When this occurs, your coil could ice up—which is a sign of worry.

If your evaporator coil ices over, you’ll have to defrost it by turning your system off and switching your blower from “auto” to “on.” Hopefully, the ice will melt slow enough that your drain can maintain it.

Whenever you realize water or ice around your AC unit, your first course of action is to turn it off and call us to come take a look. It’s likely a minor issue, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 336-853-6070 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance. You can also easily schedule an appointment online.