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What To Do When Water Is Dripping From Your AC Filter

Water can drip from an air conditioner occasionally from condensation, but it’s important to know when it’s a problem. Condensation will often drip from an AC unit as the unit takes the humidity out of the air. However, the system may leak water from other areas due to a clog or serious system issue.


Turn Off Your AC

The first step in dealing with a leak in your AC unit is to turn off the system. This is crucial to prevent any further damage. Running the AC while it’s leaking can lead to more water accumulation, potential electrical hazards, and damage to the internal components. Turning off the AC ensures safety and minimizes the risk of additional issues.

Check The Filter

Next, check the filter inside your air conditioner. Start by checking the filter for any signs of dirt, debris, or blockage. A dirty filter restricts airflow and can cause the evaporator coil to freeze, resulting in water dripping from the unit.

Ensure the filter is clean and properly installed, following the manufacturer’s guidelines. If it’s dirty, clean or replace it accordingly to restore proper airflow.

Check The Drain Line

The drain line inside an air conditioner releases condensation from the system, typically down a tube and away from your home. Dripping from the drain line is expected, but the line can become clogged with debris. If the drain line becomes clogged or blocked, water can back up and leak from the filter area.

Inspect the drain line for any blockages or obstructions. Clear the line by using a wet/dry vacuum or a gentle stream of water. Ensuring a clear and unobstructed drain line allows the proper drainage of condensate, preventing leaks.

Check The Evaporator Coil

The evaporator coil is responsible for absorbing heat from the warm air. If the coil becomes dirty or frozen, it can lead to a water drip from the filter area. Carefully inspect the evaporator coil for any dirt, dust, or ice buildup.

If dirty, gently clean the coil using a soft brush or contact a professional AC technician for thorough cleaning. Cleaning the coil helps restore proper cooling and prevents water leakage.

Call Champion Air For Repairs

If your air conditioner still leaks water from the air filter after these steps, it’s vital to call a professional to fix your system. With decades of experience, Champion Air has the tools and experience needed to get your system running like new.

Our team is licensed and insured to provide top-tier HVAC services. We work on all brands of air conditioners and have repaired countless units throughout the Phoenix and Scottsdale area.

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For expert HVAC services in Phoenix Valley and Scottsdale, count on Champion Air. Call 480-748-4000 today to get started.

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