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 fret about AC repair. You have better things to do—like taking a vacation or chilling by the pool. When you’re dreaming of the pool this summer, it’s hopefully not a pool of water by your air conditioner. What’s causing it and how can you fix it? Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you catch water pooling around 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 freak. Just call us. It could be a simple repair. The following are a few typical sources of a leaking air conditioner that are easy to mend.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s job is to extract moisture from the air in your living space. This moisture has to be drained 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 clogged. When this transpires, the water will back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

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

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

Whenever you notice water or ice around your AC unit, your preferred course of action is to turn it off and call us to come take a look. It’s likely a minor problem, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 513-268-5164 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.