What to Do About an Air Conditioner Leaking Water—Tips from Your AC Repair Experts06/27/2016This summer, the last thing you want to think about is an AC repair. There are trips to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner going out doesn’t fit into your plans. 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 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 can back up into your home. Change Your Filters Swapping your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner 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 notice 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 take care of. 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 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 pieces of your air conditioner. If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the issue checked out. There’s a chance that it is a small problem, but our pros will know how to solve it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t set up 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 559-675-1681.