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

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Summer is not the time you want to be concerned 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 most likely not a pool of water by your air conditioner. What’s the issue and how can you fix it? Central Heating & Plumbing can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you catch water pooling close to your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could hinder its electronic functions. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a warning that something is either leaking or not draining and it’s probably time for an AC repair. Don’t freak. Just call us. It could be a simple repair. 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 job is to extract moisture from the air in your house. This moisture must 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 back up. When this occurs, the water will spill out into your home.

Change Your Filters

The simplest thing you can do to keep your system functioning as it should is change 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 covered in debris and dirt. When this takes place, your coil could ice up—which is a sign of trouble.

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

Whenever you see water or ice around your AC unit, your best course of action is to turn it off and call us to come take a look. It’s likely a minor issue, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 724-401-1843 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance. 

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