Warm temperatures are already here. Now is a good time to perform AC maintenance, like checking the condensation line in your Sarasota, FL home. A clogged condensation line will damage the air conditioner unit and can cause moisture to seep into your home’s walls, ceilings, and floors. To avoid the problems that come with a clogged condensation line, here are some things you should check on.
Water Pooling Around the Indoor Unit
When warm air passes over an air conditioner’s evaporator coils, it forms condensation that drips into a drain pan below. This water flows down the drain pipe and eventually exits at the outdoor unit. If you notice water pooling near the indoor unit, it’s a sign that the system is not adequately removing the moisture. Some AC units feature an overflow float switch that automatically turns the air conditioner off when it detects a build-up of condensate. If however, your air conditioner doesn’t have this switch, you’ll need to check the condensation line and resolve the problem.
Check the Drain Lines
When left unchecked, drain lines accumulate dirt, gunk, and biological growth that clog the line and block the flow of water from the evaporator coil to the exit pipe. When this occurs, ice can build up on the evaporator coils and inside the drain line, causing serious damage to the air conditioning system.
Inspect the Drain Pan
If water is not draining properly, the drain pan could overflow and spill water inside your air conditioner. Once the unit suffers damage, you’ll need to call your HVAC technician to repair or replace the air conditioner unit. In addition, this problem is also a health hazard as it leads to poor indoor air quality. Breathing air that passes over a contaminated pan can cause sinus infections or respiratory problems.
The condensation line is a simple yet important part of your air conditioner’s cooling system. For peace of mind, Aqua Plumbing & Air has a convenient maintenance plan that includes an inspection of the condensation line. Call us at 941-306-3715 to sign up.
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