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

Summer is not the time you want to fret about AC repair. You have better things to do—like taking a vacation or relaxing by the pool. When you’re thinking of 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? Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you catch water puddling around your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could harm its electronic components. 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 freak. Just call us. It could be a simple solution. The following are a couple of typical causes of a faulty air conditioner that are uncomplicated to repair.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s duty is to extract vapor from the air in your living space. This moisture needs to 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 transpires, the water will fill up into your home.

Change Your Filters

The easiest thing you can do to keep your system operating as it should is change the air filter. If your air filter is dirty, it keeps air from flowing 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 flipping 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 preferred 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 800-COOLING 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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