What to Do About an Air Conditioner Leaking Water—Tips from Your AC Repair Experts06/27/2016This summer, the last thing you want to think about is an AC repair. There are trips to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner failing doesn’t work into your schedule. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had dreamt about this summer. So what is triggering your air conditioner to leak and what are you able to do about it? Clogged Condensate Drain As your air conditioner operates it pulls moisture from the air in your home. This causes 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 plugged with dust and debris and the water may back up into your home. Change Your Filters Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner operating smoothly. A dirty 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 trouble. If you do notice ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your system off and flip 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 minor 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 components 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 experts will know how to take care of 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 336-853-6070.