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

This summer, the last thing you want to worry about is an AC repair. There are roadtrips to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t squeeze 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 can you do about it?

Clogged Condensate Drain

As your air conditioner works it pulls moisture from the air in your home. This generates condensation inside your system that has to be drained away. A clogged condensate drain is the most common cause of water leaking from your air conditioner into your home. Drains and coils get plugged with dust and debris and the water will back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner working smoothly. A nasty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes coated in debris and dirt there’s a chance that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of trouble.

If you do see ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your system 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 take care of.

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 issue, there’s no need to freak out. The first thing you should do if you view water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic parts of your air conditioner.

If there is any water or ice around your system it’s best to call and get the problem checked out. There’s a chance that it is a minor problem, but our experts 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 set up an appointment online or give us a call at 703-754-1062.