Though few realize it, air conditioners are designed to remove humidity in addition to removing heat from the space. On the particular sticky days of summer, a lot of moisture drawn out of your indoor air can be excessive. The moisture from the air produces condensation is produced and is shed through the drain lines during the humidity removal process. Water expels outside your home as it flows down the drain tube after the water collects on the air handler’s condensate drip pan. Due to the accumulated debris and residues that forms over time in the drain line, it becomes clogged. Clogs will prevent efficient condensation draining. If the problem is not corrected sooner, the surrounding area can develop water damage as well as the air conditioner unit when it happens. Today, we at Hal Mechanical would like to discuss the clogs in the air conditioning drain line.
What Causes AC Drain Line to Clog?
The microscopic bacteria and other tiny particles in the air that get filtered in the air handler’s condensate pan and after time, clogs develop. Due to the wet clumps of dust, dirt, and debris, other substances buildup in the drain line including mildew, algae, and mold growth. Because the drain line leads to the exterior of your home where the condensation can be released, it is common for pests to build nests on the exit end as well during the off-season. There are many variables that can lead to obstructions in the drain line.
How Do I Unclog My Main AC Drain Line?
To prevent damage and the production of more condensation when they detect the drip pan is flooding, the modern air handlers are equipped with features designed to deal with a clogged drain and will shut down the unit. Some even more sophisticated units will alert the owner with a text or email of the issue to help ensure you give it immediate attention. Though some perceive having the air conditioner shut down as an inconvenience, it is the better alternative than dealing with costly damage. If your unit does not offer any features, you are unlikely to realize the drain is clogged until the water has dripped through your ceiling or out of your vents. Since this is a sure indicator the drip pan is overflowing due to a clog, promptly switch off the air conditioner and call for a professional.
Professional AC Repair
Where some may want to clear the drain line themselves, it is not an easy task and to ensure it is done efficiently. It requires customized tools specific to the task as well as working in tight spaces in a hot attic. You normally do not have to wait long when calling a professional, and they are equipped as well as the expertise to ensure the drain is cleaned quickly and efficiently.
How Do I Stop My AC Drain Line from Clogging?
You can prevent clogs in the drain line, or at the least, significantly reduce the likelihood of clogs by keeping up with routinely scheduled professional maintenance services performed by a trained technician. Because these maintenance service include a cleaning and inspection of the drip pan and drain line, if any clogs are forming, they are quickly removed, and residue buildup is cleaned.