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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 the reason and how can you fix it? JTech Mechanical can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you catch water pooling around your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could harm its electronic parts. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a indication that something is either leaking or not draining and it’s maybe time for an AC repair. Don’t freak. Just call us. It could be a simple solution. The following are a couple of normal sources of a leaking air conditioner that are straightforward to mend.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s function is to extract vapor from the air in your house. This moisture must 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 clogged. When this occurs, the water will back up into your home.

Change Your Filters

The most painless thing you can do to keep your system running as it should is exchange 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 maintain 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 281-231-8768 if you notice any problems that might require AC repair, or if you’re ready to schedule your annual air conditioner maintenance.