When you use your air conditioning unit, water is a byproduct while it’s running. Normally, that water will be drained out of your home but if your AC unit’s condensate drain becomes clogged, it can cause the water to leak from your air conditioner. But what exactly causes clogs in AC drains?
In this post, air conditioner repair pros from Cooper Bros explain everything you need to know about AC drain clogs.
There’s only one way for your air conditioner’s condensate drain to develop a clog and cause your drip pan to overflow. According to experts, clogging occurs when the moisture that drips off your evaporator coil carries dirt, small debris and other airborne particles into the condensate drain. The dirt and airborne particles will eventually build up and cause a clog.
There are many signs that indicate your unit’s condensate drain line is clogged. One of these signs is standing water. While a small amount of standing water isn’t much of a concern, if you notice that the volume is more than usual, consider calling an AC repair expert to inspect the unit.
Another way you can determine whether your condensate drain line is clogged is by examining the condensate pan. Like standing water, if the condensate pan becomes full time and time again, it’s likely that your AC unit’s drain line is clogged and will have to be repaired immediately to prevent mold growth and water damage.
Thankfully, preventing your air conditioner’s drain line from clogging can be done in a few simple steps. First, you’ll need to ensure that the drain line is regularly cleaned by a professional to prevent fungus and excess water from building up and causing issues. The second step you’ll need to take is to replace your old air filters with high-quality ones. By doing so, you can prevent dust particles from building up on the evaporator coils.
Make your search for AC and home furnace repair experts easier by turning to Cooper Brothers, Inc., your leading service provider when it comes to residential and commercial HVAC needs. Give us a call at (408) 649-2008 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve homeowners in San Jose and other nearby areas.