Most do not realize, but the air conditioner does more than removes the heat from the home, it also removes the humidity. On the particular sticky days of summer, a lot of moisture drawn out of your indoor air can be excessive. When this happens, condensation is produced from the humidity removal out of the air and is shed through the drain lines. The air handler’s condensate drip pan collects the water first, where it then flows down the drain tube and expelled outside your home. Over time, debris and residues accumulate and the drain line becomes clogged, preventing the condensation from draining, resulting in water damage in the surrounding area in addition to damage to the air conditioner unit if not quickly rectified. We at NY NJ A/C Connections would like to expound on the drain line and the impact clogs have.
Why Do AC Drain Lines Clog?
The air contains microscopic bacteria and other tiny particles which are filtered in the air handler’s condensate pan, and after time, the clogs will form. Other residues that build up in the drain line are from algae, mildew, and mold growth along with wet clumps of dust, dirt, and debris. Because the drain line leads to the exterior of your home where the condensation can be released, during the off-season, it is common for pests to build nests on the exit end as well. There are many variables that can lead to obstructions in the drain line.
Air Conditioner Drain Pan Filling Up
The good news is that in most modern air handlers are equipped with features designed to deal with a clogged drain and when they detect the drip pan is flooding, they respond by shutting down the unit to prevent damage and the production of more condensation. Some even more sophisticated units will alert the owner with a text or email of the issue to get immediate attention. Though some perceive having the air conditioner shut down as an inconvenience, it is the better alternative than dealing with costly damage. In the models that do not have this beneficial feature, the issue typically does not manifest 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.
How to Clean AC Drain Line
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. A professional can get the drain line cleaned efficiently and quickly and most will respond as an emergency service so you do not have to wait long.
How to Keep AC Drain Line Clear
You can prevent clogs in the drain line by keeping up with routinely scheduled professional maintenance services performed by a trained technician. These maintenance service includes 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.