What to Do About an Air Conditioner Leaking WaterTips from Your AC Repair Experts

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 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? Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you catch water pooling around your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could destroy its electronic components. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a warning 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 an easy solution. The following are a few typical reasons behind a leaking air conditioner that are easy to restore.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s function is to extract moisture from the air in your living space. 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 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 functioning as it should is exchange the air filter. If your air filter is grimy, it keeps air from pouring over the evaporator coil. This can cause the evaporator coil to become coated in debris and dirt. When this takes place, your coil could ice up—which is a sign of disruption.

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 manage 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 obstacle, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 847-362-0262 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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