When air conditioners cool your home, moisture accumulates and creates a byproduct called condensate. Most systems feature collection and drain devices to help control the accumulation of water, and other particles. The failure of a condensate drain can lead to drastic problems, so air conditioning maintenance is extremely important for these specialized parts.
What Is a Condensate Line?
To effectively control condensate byproducts, the condensate line consists of a drain pan that collects the water and piping that disposes of the waste properly. The collection pan is usually located beneath the evaporator coils. This piping is connected to the pan and typically runs to and through an outside wall of your home so that it can remove the condensate and dispose of it. You should see a white pvc pipe running down one side of your home, and it should be dripping water steadily. This is the condensate pipe. If your air conditioner is running and the pipe is not draining, check right away for a clog or stoppage.
What If the Condensate Drain Fails?
If your drain is not functioning properly, other parts like filters and separators cannot do their jobs. Failures can also lower the longevity and efficiency of the main system. The most pressing matter is the risk of the condensate pan overflowing and causing water damage to your home. Drain pans also collect contaminants like oil and dirt, creating a pool of water that presents health concerns. Over time, a pan filled with water can cause mold growth. The best way to avoid these issues is through regular air conditioning maintenance.
How Can TemperaturePro Help?
TemperaturePro® offers repair services and routine maintenance plans to help protect your AC. Professional HVAC experts know how to properly install condensate lines and auxiliary drains to avoid potential failures. With regular air conditioning maintenance, they can catch problems early before they cause drainage issues. Find out how to schedule your next maintenance check by visiting our AC services page or calling us at 732.515.7185 today!