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 vacations to be had, marshmallows to eat, and your air conditioner failing doesn’t work into your agenda. A pool of water by your air conditioner isn’t the pool you had thought 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 creates condensation inside your system that has to be drained away. A clogged condensate drain is the most common cause of water leaking from your unit into your home. Drains and coils get clogged 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 system operating smoothly. A dirty 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 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 handle. 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 concern, there’s no need to worry. The first thing you should do if you notice water pooling around your air conditioner is to turn off your system. Water might harm the electronic parts of your system. If there is any water or ice around your air conditioner it’s best to call and get the issue looked at. 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 set up your annual air conditioner maintenance, now is a great time to get that arranged before things really start heating up. You can easily set up an appointment online or give us a call at 973-884-0065.