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 fret about AC repair. You have better things to do—like taking a vacation or chilling by the pool. When you’re fantasizing about 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? Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you notice water puddling near your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could harm its electronic functions. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a indication that something is either leaking or not draining and it’s most likely time for an AC repair. Don’t panic. Just call us. It could be a simple solution. The following are a few typical causes of a leaking air conditioner that are easy to restore.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s function is to extract vapor from the air in your home. This moisture needs to be drained away from inside your unit through a condensate drain. One of the regular causes of a leaking air conditioner is when this drain becomes clogged. When this transpires, the water will spill out into your home.

Change Your Filters

The easiest 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 pouring over the evaporator coil. This can cause the evaporator coil to become covered in debris and dirt. When this happens, your coil could ice up—which is a sign of worry.

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 manage 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 obstacle, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 203-772-8319 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.