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 vacations to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t squeeze into your plans. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had dreamt about 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 creates condensation inside your unit 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 blocked 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 nasty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes coated 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 view ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your unit 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 system inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a tiny problem, there’s no need to worry. The first thing you should do if you notice water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water may harm the electronic pieces of your unit. If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the problem checked out. There’s a chance that it is a minor problem, but our professionals 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 540-483-5605.