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 plans. 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 should you do about it? Clogged Condensate Drain As your air conditioner runs it pulls 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 unit into your home. Drains and coils get clogged with dust and debris and the water may back up into your home. Change Your Filters Swapping your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner running smoothly. A filthy air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes coated in debris and dirt there’s a chance that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of a problem. If you do view ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your unit 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 minor issue, there’s no need to worry. The first thing you should do if you notice water pooling around your air conditioner is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic components of your system. If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the system looked at. There’s a chance that it is a minor 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 arrange an appointment online or give us a call at 703-369-5528.