Your air conditioner removes heat from the indoor space as well as the humidity, leaving your home cool and comfortable. The drain line sheds the condensation that air conditioner produces removing the humidity from the air as a moisture in indoor air can be excessive during the particularly sticky days of summer. In your air handler’s condensate drip pan, initially, the water collects where it then flows into a drain tube that flows outside your home. When the tube becomes clogged, water damage occurs over time and if not rectified quickly. The issues of drain line clogs is what we at Ambient Heating & Air Conditioning would like to discuss today.
Why Do AC Drains Clog?
Because of the microscopic bacteria and other tiny particles from the air within it, clogs form as the water that collects in your air handler’s condensate pan. Algae, mold and even wet clumps of dust and dirt which accumulates the residue in the line forms as the water leaves behind a residue that can build up. Clogs can easily form from the that end of the drain, being that the line leads to the exterior of your home as well. Insects can build nests in the opening as the drain line exits can get clogged by dirt clods and during the dormant season.
What Happens if Your AC Drain Line is Clogged?
Once the drain becomes clogged most modern air handlers will detect the drip pan being full and respond by shutting down the unit, depending on the type of features in the air hander. If this happens, some sophisticated models will send a text or email. The drip pan that is overflowing causes even more problems. You will not usually see an issue until the water dripping through your ceiling or out of your vents, should your air handler not include this feature. This is a reflection that the drip down has already overflowed, so promptly switch off your air conditioner.
How Do I Unclog My AC Drain Line?
Along with working in a tight space if the drain originates from the unit in the attic, it requires specific equipment, making clearing a clogged drain not a simple task. To ensure it is done efficiently, a professional should handle this job, ultimately. You can get your unit back on and avoid further water damage as it is usually quick with a professional, and most will respond as an emergency service.
How to Keep Air Conditioner Drain from Clogging?
By ensuring you invest in routine maintenance service by a trained and certified technician, you can avoid air conditioner drain line clogs, generally. After inspecting it for any clogs, experts clean the drain line during the maintenance. They remove the clogs and clear out the residue buildup if any clogs are form.
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For your cooling system in Hampshire and Hamden County, Massachusetts home, whether you are experiencing a clogged air conditioner drain line or require maintenance, Ambient Heating and Air Conditioning is readily available to offer our quality services. Contact us today to get started!