Know How To Identify & Resolve A Condensate Leak In Your AC
High humidity is uncommon in the Coachella Valley, but when it occurs it can wreak havoc on your home and HVAC system. You air conditioning system has a built-in dehumidifier that removes humidity from your home’s air. Moisture from the air gathers on the indoor evaporator coil in your AC system, then drips into a shallow condensate pan beneath the unit where it can drain to the outside.
But what happens when the humidity is too high?
The most likely problem to grow from excessive humidity is algae in your condensate pan. Because the air has too much moisture in it, the pan doesn’t dry out and a layer of algae grows. If the algae continues to grow out of control it can clog your condensate drain line, causing the condensate pan to overflow and spill onto your utility room floor. Depending on where your utility room is in your home, this could lead to significant water damage problems, including warped floors, ceiling stains, and mold and mildew growth.
What are the signs of condensate overflow?
One indicator that you have a blocked condensate drain line and potential condensate overflow is visible rust on your drain line. If the line is even partially clogged, it causes water to backup and corrodes the inside of the line. Once corrosion starts, it’s practically impossible to reverse, so the line will need to be replaced.
Another sign is water around your indoor air conditioning unit. If you see water pooling on the floor near your unit, you’ll need to a get a professional to unclog your condensate drain line and replace any components that are too water damaged to continue working.
How can you prevent condensation leaks in your home?
The best way to prevent algae growth, condensation drain line clogs, corrosion, and subsequent condensate leaks in your AC system is to stay on top of your regular HVAC maintenance. During maintenance visits, your HVAC technician will make sure your condensate pan and drain line are clean and clog-free, so you won’t have to worry about water problems from your air conditioner.