What to Do About an Air Conditioner Leaking Water—Tips from Your AC Repair Experts06/27/2016This summer, the last thing you want to worry about is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to enjoy, and your air conditioner going out doesn’t fit into your schedule. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had thought about this summer. So what is making your air conditioner to leak and what are you able to 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 system 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 clogged with dust and debris and the water may back up into your home. Change Your Filters Exchanging your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your system operating smoothly. A nasty 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 air conditioner 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 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 minor problem, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you view water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water may harm the electronic components 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 pros 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 arrange an appointment online or give us a call at 847-293-0047.