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

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This summer, the last thing you want to think about is an AC repair. There are vacations to be had, marshmallows to roast, and your air conditioner breaking down doesn’t fit 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 can you do about it?

Clogged Condensate Drain

As your air conditioner runs it takes moisture from the air in your home. This causes condensation inside your system 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 plugged with dust and debris and the water will back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

Exchanging your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your system operating smoothly. A nasty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes covered in debris and dirt there’s a possibility that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of an issue.

If you do notice ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your air conditioner 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 manage.

Turn Off Your System

If you see water around your system inside it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a minor issue, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you see water pooling around your AC unit is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic parts of your air conditioner.

If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the issue inspected. There’s a chance that it is a tiny problem, but our experts will know how to solve 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 402-438-7992.

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