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

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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 hopefully not a pool of water by your air conditioner. What’s the issue and how can you fix it? Van Haaften Plumbing & Heating can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you notice water puddling close to your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could destroy 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 a quick solution. The following are a couple of normal causes of a dripping air conditioner that are uncomplicated to repair.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s job is to extract water from the air in your house. 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 happens, the water will back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

The most painless thing you can do to keep your system operating as it should is exchange the air filter. If your air filter is filthy, it keeps air from moving over the evaporator coil. This can cause the evaporator coil to become coated in debris and dirt. When this happens, 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 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 obstacle, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 641-628-3621 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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