What to Do About an Air Conditioner Leaking Water—Tips from Your AC Repair Experts06/27/2016This summer, the last thing you want to worry about is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner going out doesn’t work into your agenda. 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 should you 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 air conditioner 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 can back up into your home. Change Your Filters Exchanging your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your unit operating smoothly. A nasty 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 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 indoor unit it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a tiny issue, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you see water pooling around your air conditioner is to turn off your system. Water could harm the electronic parts of your air conditioner. If there is any water or ice around your unit it’s best to call and get the issue checked out. There’s a chance that it is a tiny problem, but our pros will know how to solve it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t scheduled 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 309-762-3641.