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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 worry about AC repair. You have better things to do—like taking a vacation or relaxing by the pool. When you’re thinking of the pool this summer, it’s most likely not a pool of water by your air conditioner. What’s the issue and how can you fix it? Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you see water puddling close to your indoor unit is to turn off your system because water could hinder its electronic functions. Water pooling around your indoor unit is a warning 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 fix. The following are some of common sources of a faulty air conditioner that are straightforward to repair.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s job is to pull water from the air in your home. This moisture must be cleared 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 transpires, the water will spill out into your home.

Change Your Filters

The most painless 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 layered in debris and dirt. When this happens, your coil could ice up—which is a sign of worry.

If your evaporator coil ices over, you’ll have to defrost it by turning 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 first course of action is to turn it off and call us to come take a look. It’s likely a minor problem, but we’ll take care of it and give you peace of mind. Give us a call at 605-342-5107 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.