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 thinking of the pool this summer, it’s hopefully not a pool of water by your air conditioner. What’s causing it and how can you fix it? Dearing's Service & Solutions can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you notice water gathering close to your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could harm its electronic functions. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a sign that something is either leaking or not draining and it’s maybe time for an AC repair. Don’t freak. Just call us. It could be an easy fix. The following are some of normal causes of a leaking air conditioner that are easy to restore.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s duty is to consume water from the air in your home. This moisture has to be cleared 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 congested. When this occurs, the water will back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

The easiest thing you can do to keep your system functioning as it should is exchange the air filter. If your air filter is filthy, it keeps air from pouring 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 trouble.

If your evaporator coil ices over, you’ll have to defrost it by turning your system off and switching your blower from “auto” to “on.” Hopefully, the ice will melt slow enough that your drain can handle it.

Whenever you notice water or ice around your AC unit, your first course of action is to turn it off and call us to come take a look. It’s likely a minor problem, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 812-200-5844 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.