What to Do About an Air Conditioner Leaking Water - Tips from Your AC Repair Experts

June 27, 2016

Summer is not the time you want to worry about AC repair. You have better things to do—like taking a vacation or relaxing by the pool. When you’re dreaming of the pool this summer, it’s probably not a pool of water by your air conditioner. What’s the reason and how can you fix it? Home Comfort Heating & Air can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you notice water puddling close to your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could harm its electronic parts. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a indication that something is either leaking or not draining and it’s most likely time for an AC repair. Don’t panic. Just call us. It could be a quick repair. The following are some of typical reasons behind a dripping air conditioner that are easy to repair.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s duty is to pull vapor from the air in your house. This moisture has to be emptied away from inside your unit through a condensate drain. One of the most common causes of a leaking air conditioner is when this drain becomes congested. When this transpires, the water will spill out into your home.

Change Your Filters

The easiest thing you can do to keep your system operating as it should is replace the air filter. If your air filter is filthy, it keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. This can cause the evaporator coil to become coated in debris and dirt. When this takes place, your coil could ice up—which is a sign of disruption.

If your evaporator coil ices over, you’ll have to defrost it by shutting your system off and switching your blower from “auto” to “on.” Hopefully, the ice will melt slow enough that your drain can handle it.

Whenever you see water or ice around your AC unit, your first course of action is to turn it off and call us to come take a look. It’s likely a minor issue, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 763-276-0617 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.