The condensate drain is an important component of your Cincinnati air conditioning system, as it allows condensation created by the cooling process to flow out of the system and out of your home – when it is working properly. It is possible for your condensation drain to become clogged, which can result in serious damage to your home and air conditioning system if not resolved.
How the Condensate Drain Works
As your condenser coil cools the air which flows over it, moisture in the air is condensed into water. This water drips from the coils into the appropriately-named drip pan, and then flows out of the home through the condensate drain lines.
Condensate Drain Clogs
Should your drip pan or condensate drain become clogged, water created by the cooling process will not be able to be expelled properly. The drain line will back up and eventually, the drip pan will overflow, allowing water to spill into the surrounding areas.
A clogged condensate drain can cause a range of problems for homeowners. Water damage to the home and surrounding areas is likely; in homes where the drip pan and condensate drain are housed in a basement or utility closet, items and finishes inside the home can be destroyed, such as wood furniture, flooring, and carpeting. Structural damage is even possible if the clog exists for long periods of time.
When condensation does not properly drain out, it backs up inside your system. It will stress the system, causing its pump to work heavily in attempts to clear the clog. This can cause damage to the pump as well as other air conditioning components.
Causes of Condensate Drain Clogs
Mold and mildew growth inside the system are a leading cause of condensate drain clogs. Your HVAC professional can clean your drain lines and drip pan to remove mold and mildew. To prevent the formation of mold and mildew within your air conditioning system, Ultraviolet lights can be installed, which kill existing growth and prevent reoccurrence.
If your condensate drain isn’t working properly, it could cause major damage to your Cincinnati home, including flooding and mold growth. Nelson Comfort can assist you by unclogging your condensate drain and performing any needed repairs – call us today to schedule service.