What to Do About an Air Conditioner Leaking Water—Tips from Your AC Repair Experts06/27/2016This summer, the last thing you want to think about is an AC repair. There are trips to be had, marshmallows to enjoy, and your air conditioner failing doesn’t fit into your agenda. 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 should you do about it? Clogged Condensate Drain As your air conditioner works 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 Changing your air filters is the easiest thing you can do to keep your air conditioner operating smoothly. A nasty air filter keeps air from flowing over the evaporator coil. If your evaporator coil becomes covered in debris and dirt it is possible that it could ice up. Any ice or water is a sign of a problem. If you do view ice on your evaporator coil, you’ll have to defrost it. To defrost it, turn your air conditioner 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 indoor unit it’s a sign that something is either leaking or not draining. It could be a minor problem, there’s no need to panic. The first thing you should do if you notice water pooling around your system is to turn off your system. Water may harm the electronic components of your air conditioner. If there is any water or ice around your unit it’s best to call and get the issue inspected. There’s a chance that it is a minor problem, but our professionals will know how to solve it and can help set your mind at ease. If you haven’t set up your annual air conditioner maintenance, now is a great time to get that set up before things really start heating up. You can easily arrange an appointment online or give us a call at 717-597-9900 .