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 relaxing by the pool. When you’re dreaming 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? B & G HVAC can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you catch water pooling near your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could destroy its electronic functions. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a sign that something is either leaking or not draining and it’s probably time for an AC repair. Don’t panic. Just call us. It could be a quick solution. The following are a few common reasons behind a faulty air conditioner that are uncomplicated to mend.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s function is to extract water from the air in your home. This moisture must be drained 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 clogged. When this transpires, the water will fill up into your home.

Change Your Filters

The simplest thing you can do to keep your system running as it should is exchange the air filter. If your air filter is dirty, it keeps air from moving over the evaporator coil. This can cause the evaporator coil to become coated 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 shutting 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 realize 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 641-323-1210 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.