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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 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? Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can help.

Turn Off Your System

The first thing you should do if you notice water puddling around 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 freak. Just call us. It could be a quick fix. The following are some of normal sources of a leaking air conditioner that are straightforward to repair.

Clogged Condensate Drain

Part of your air conditioner’s function 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 most common causes of a leaking air conditioner is when this drain becomes back up. When this happens, the water will spill out into your home.

Change Your Filters

The simplest thing you can do to keep your system functioning 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 occurs, your coil could ice up—which is a sign of disruption.

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 maintain it.

Whenever you realize 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 913-432-3342 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.