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 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 the issue and how can you fix it? House of Heating Incorporated can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you catch water gathering near your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could destroy its electronic parts. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a warning 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 an easy fix. The following are some of normal reasons behind a dripping air conditioner that are straightforward to restore.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s job is to consume moisture from the air in your home. This moisture needs 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 happens, the water will fill up into your home.

Change Your Filters

The most painless thing you can do to keep your system functioning as it should is exchange the air filter. If your air filter is dirty, it keeps air from moving over the evaporator coil. This can cause the evaporator coil to become layered in debris and dirt. When this occurs, your coil could ice up—which is a sign of worry.

If your evaporator coil ices over, you’ll have to defrost it by flipping 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 see water or ice around your AC unit, your best course of action is to turn it off and call us to come take a look. It’s likely a minor obstacle, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 715-384-3163 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.