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 enjoy, and your air conditioner failing doesn’t work into your plans. 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 grabs moisture from the air in your home. This generates 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 system into your home. Drains and coils get clogged with dust and debris and the water will back up into your home. Change Your Filters Swapping your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner operating smoothly. A dirty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes coated 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 notice 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 indoor unit it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a small problem, there’s no need to worry. The first thing you should do if you see water pooling around your air conditioner is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic components of your unit. If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the problem looked at. 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 scheduled your annual air conditioner maintenance, now is a great time to get that set up before things really start heating up. You can easily schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 530-885-8081.