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What to Do About an Air Conditioner Leaking Water—Tips from Your AC Repair Experts

Summer is not the time you want to worry 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 hopefully not a pool of water by your air conditioner. What’s the issue and how can you fix it? Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you notice water gathering near your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could harm its electronic parts. 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 fret. Just call us. It could be an easy solution. The following are some of normal sources of a leaking air conditioner that are straightforward to repair.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s function is to pull vapor from the air in your living space. This moisture needs to be drained 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 spill out 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 grimy, 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 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 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 803-796-9172 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance. You can also easily schedule an appointment online.