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 dreaming of the pool this summer, it’s most likely not a pool of water by your air conditioner. What’s the reason and how can you fix it? Paso Robles Heating and Air can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you see water puddling close to your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could destroy its electronic parts. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a indication that something is either leaking or not draining and it’s maybe time for an AC repair. Don’t panic. Just call us. It could be an easy fix. The following are some of typical reasons behind a leaking air conditioner that are easy to restore.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s duty is to pull water from the air in your home. This moisture must be cleared away from inside your unit through a condensate drain. One of the usual causes of a leaking air conditioner is when this drain becomes back up. When this occurs, the water will fill up into your home.

Change Your Filters

The most painless thing you can do to keep your system running 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 worry.

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 realize water or ice around your AC unit, your preferred 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 805-203-8667 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.