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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 be concerned about AC repair. You have better things to do—like taking a vacation or hanging 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 causing it and how can you fix it? Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you catch water pooling close to your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could destroy its electronic components. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a sign 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 a couple of typical causes of a leaking air conditioner that are straightforward to mend.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s job 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 usual causes of a leaking air conditioner is when this drain becomes back up. When this occurs, the water will spill out into your home.

Change Your Filters

The simplest 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 moving 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 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 see water or ice around your AC unit, your first 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 256-574-1300 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.