What to Do About an Air Conditioner Leaking Water—Tips from Your AC Repair Experts06/27/2016This summer, the last thing you want to deal with is an AC repair. There are roadtrips to be had, marshmallows to enjoy, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t squeeze into your schedule. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had dreamt about this summer. So what is triggering your air conditioner to leak and what are you able to do about it? Clogged Condensate Drain As your air conditioner works it takes moisture from the air in your home. This generates condensation inside your unit that has to be drained away. A clogged condensate drain is the most common cause of water leaking from your system into your home. Drains and coils get blocked 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 unit running smoothly. A dirty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes caked in debris and dirt there’s a possibility that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of a problem. If you do see ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your unit off and turn your blower from “auto” to “on”. This will slowly allow the ice to melt in a way that your drain will be able to manage. Turn Off Your System If you see water around your unit inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a small problem, there’s no need to freak out. The first thing you should do if you see water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water may harm the electronic pieces of your system. If there is any water or ice around your unit 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 handle 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 scheduled before things really start heating up. You can easily arrange an appointment online or give us a call at 925-689-7017.