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

June 27, 2016

Summer is not the time you want to fret 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 causing it and how can you fix it? PWA Heating & Cooling Inc can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you catch water gathering around your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could hinder its electronic functions. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a indication that something is either leaking or not draining and it’s most likely time for an AC repair. Don’t fret. Just call us. It could be a quick fix. The following are a couple of normal sources of a dripping air conditioner that are easy to mend.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s function is to extract water from the air in your living space. This moisture needs to be cleared away from inside your unit through a condensate drain. One of the regular causes of a leaking air conditioner is when this drain becomes clogged. When this happens, the water will fill up into your home.

Change Your Filters

The most painless thing you can do to keep your system operating as it should is change the air filter. If your air filter is dirty, it keeps air from pouring over the evaporator coil. This can cause the evaporator coil to become covered in debris and dirt. When this takes place, your coil could ice up—which is a sign of disruption.

If your evaporator coil ices over, you’ll have to defrost it by flipping 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 preferred 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 815-410-1231 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.