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

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This summer, the last thing you want to deal with is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner failing 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 can you do about it?

Clogged Condensate Drain

As your air conditioner runs it takes moisture from the air in your home. This causes 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 running smoothly. A filthy air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes covered in debris and dirt there’s a possibility that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of an issue.

If you do view ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your unit 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 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 small issue, there’s no need to panic. 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 pieces of your unit.

If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the issue looked at. There’s a chance that it is a small problem, but our pros 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 scheduled before things really start heating up. You can easily schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 586-731-0950.

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