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 trips to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner going out doesn’t fit into your agenda. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had in mind this summer. So what is triggering your air conditioner to leak and what should you do about it? Clogged Condensate Drain As your air conditioner works it pulls moisture from the air in your home. This creates 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 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 unit working smoothly. A filthy air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes caked 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 unit 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 system inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a minor concern, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you notice water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic pieces of your system. If there is any water or ice around your unit it’s best to call and get the system looked at. There’s a chance that it is a small problem, but our professionals will know how to handle it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t set up 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 815-768-6656.