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 eat, and your air conditioner going out doesn’t squeeze into your agenda. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had thought about 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 generates condensation inside your unit 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 may back up into your home. Change Your Filters Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your system operating smoothly. A dirty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes covered in debris and dirt there’s a chance that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of trouble. 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 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 tiny problem, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you see water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic parts of your air conditioner. If there is any water or ice around your system it’s best to call and get the system checked out. 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 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 set up an appointment online or give us a call at 816-630-2702.