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 squeeze into your schedule. 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 works it grabs 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 Exchanging your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your unit 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 a problem. If you do see ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your air conditioner 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 handle. Turn Off Your System If you see water around your unit inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a tiny issue, 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 could harm the electronic components of your air conditioner. If there is any water or ice around your system it’s best to call and get the issue looked at. There’s a chance that it is a small problem, but our experts will know how to take care of 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 arranged before things really start heating up. You can easily schedule an appointment online or give us a call at 818-370-7266.