What to Do About an Air Conditioner Leaking WaterTips 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 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 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 catch water gathering near your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could hinder its electronic parts. 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 panic. Just call us. It could be a simple solution. The following are some of normal sources of a dripping air conditioner that are easy to mend.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s function is to consume 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 regular 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 takes place, your coil could ice up—which is a sign of trouble.

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 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 issue, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 803-265-4208 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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