Your air conditioner is made up of multiple components. The more informed you are about all of these different components, the better equipped you are to handle any cooling issues that might come your way. Knowing how the condensate drain works and some of the common problems from it can help keep your unit in peak operating condition at all times.
What exactly is the condensate drain?
When your HVAC unit blows the air over the coils, it isn’t just cooling your home. Your system is also working to dehumidify the air. As the unit dehumidifies the air, it is taking the moisture out of the air inside of your home. This moisture ends up dripping from the coils in the same manner as that of water dripping from a can of pop in the sweltering, summer heat.
Underneath of these coils lies a drain pan that is supposed to collect the moisture that drips off. This pan is connected with your condensate drain to safely eliminate all of the water from your home.
What exactly can go wrong with the condensation drain?
Essentially, there are a couple things that might happen with the drain. The drain could end up getting clogged from all of the dirt that floats around in the air in your home. Clogged drains can cause the water to end up backing up and overflowing the drain pain. In turn, the water is going to end up dripping onto your floor and the air conditioner itself. Beyond creating water damage, it can cause mildew and mold to grow inside of the pan and stink up the air in your home.
Another big issue is when the drain lines or pan have a crack in them. This can also cause water to leak into the unit and your home as well.
What can be done to prevent problems with the drain?
To prevent any problems with your condensate drain, you should schedule a checkup at least once per year. During the inspection, the condensate drain is examined for any cracks or clogs that could cause a problem with the unit later on.
Regularly changing your filter will help to prevent clogs in the drain. Clogged filters can cause an abundance of dirt to build inside of the line. Keeping your filter clean will help minimize the potential of any clogging in the drain.
If you are worried about your condensate drain, or you simply want your unit inspected, take the time to call a professional and schedule your appointment today. The peace of mind that comes with an inspection is well worth the price you pay.