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 be concerned 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 most likely not a pool of water by your air conditioner. What’s causing it and how can you fix it? Lycoming Heating Company 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 fret. Just call us. It could be an easy solution. 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 duty is to consume water from the air in your living space. This moisture needs to be emptied 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 congested. When this transpires, the water will back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

The easiest 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 layered 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 see 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 570-244-2510 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.