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 roadtrips to be had, marshmallows to enjoy, 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 causing your air conditioner to leak and what can you do about it? Clogged Condensate Drain As your air conditioner operates it pulls moisture from the air in your home. This creates condensation inside your unit 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 will back up into your home. Change Your Filters Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner operating smoothly. A filthy 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 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 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 indoor unit it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a tiny problem, there’s no need to worry. The first thing you should do if you notice water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water could harm the electronic parts of your air conditioner. 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 tiny problem, but our professionals will know how to solve 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 set up before things really start heating up. You can easily arrange an appointment online or give us a call at 410-355-6010.