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

June 27, 2016

Summer is not the time you want to be concerned about AC repair. You have better things to do—like taking a vacation or relaxing by the pool. When you’re dreaming of the pool this summer, it’s probably not a pool of water by your air conditioner. What’s causing it and how can you fix it? Three Rivers Heating & Cooling can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you see water puddling 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 indication 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 repair. The following are a couple of typical sources of a leaking air conditioner that are easy to mend.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s job is to extract water from the air in your living space. This moisture must be emptied away from inside your unit through a condensate drain. One of the regular causes of a leaking air conditioner is when this drain becomes back up. When this transpires, the water will back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

The simplest thing you can do to keep your system running as it should is replace 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 coated 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 shutting 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 issue, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 503-213-4433 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.