Whenever you have any issue with your AC system, it is enough to make you panic when the temperature is in the triple digits. One common problem that we see pop up often is a clogged condensate drain. If you have this problem, your unit isn’t going to be able to operate properly and you will more than likely be left with an AC that won’t work. It is important that you have it looked at as soon as you notice something isn’t right. Hal Mechanical is here to talk about some of the signs that are usually present when you are dealing with a clogged condensate drain.
What Does an AC Condensate Drain Do?
What many people don’t know is that the AC system in their home does more than lower the temperature to help them stay cool. It is also responsible for removing the humidity that is in the air as well. When this moisture is removed, it has to have somewhere to go. This is the condensate drain. Without the ability to drain this water away, you can run into other problems.
Signs You Have a Clogged Condensate Drain
Here are some of the signs that point to a clogged condensate drain.
– Flooding: If you notice that there is standing water around your unit, you know that there is trouble. While there is going to be some moisture associated with your AC system, you shouldn’t ever see a lot of water on the ground around your unit.
– Frozen Pipes: If the moisture from the air doesn’t have anywhere to go, it will start to build up on the pipes in your unit. This can lead to freezing pipes and no cool air coming from your vents.
– AC Won’t Turn On: Moisture and wiring isn’t ever a good mix. If there is a clog in the condensate drain, the water will run down the unit and all over the other parts. This can cause them to short circuit and fail. You don’t ever want moisture to make contact with the motor or blower located in your unit.
– Mold: When there is standing water around your unit for a long period of time, it can lead to mold and mildew growth. This can be damaging your home as well as your health. You don’t ever want to allow mold to start growing anywhere in your home.
– Full Drain Pan: There is a drain pan that is located under the evaporator coils in your unit. There shouldn’t be water in this pan. It should hit the pan and drain out of the unit. If you open it up and find that there is water in the drain pan, you probably have a clog.
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If you have any signs that there is a clog in your condensate drain, you can turn to Hal Mechanical to help you fix the problem. We will make sure your AC is working perfectly throughout the summer. Call us today!