Summertime in Plano, TX, is hot and humid. Not only does your air conditioner lower your home’s temperature, but it also reduces the humidity level. It does this with a condensate pipe and drain. Read on to find out why you should periodically check the condensate line and what to do if you notice a problem.

Prevent Damage to Your Home

As the warm air from your home passes over the evaporator coils, its temperature drops. Cold air can’t hold as much moisture as warm air, so the moisture condenses out of the air and turns into a liquid. The condensate pipe collects the liquid. If the condensate line is clogged, the water won’t have anywhere to go. It could back up into the drain pan and then overflow. Sometimes there is a kill-switch that will turn the system off, but if not, the water could leak into your home and damage the floors and walls.

Prevent Air Conditioner Damage

Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to clear most clogs yourself. Turn off the AC. Using a wet/dry vac you can put the hose up to the condensate line and hold your hand around the end of the vacuum hose for a better seal and then turn the wet/dry vacuum on to extract the debris. Water should immediately start dripping from the pipe after you remove the hose. If you know where the access is to the pipe you can pour a diluted beach or vinegar solution down the pipe to discourage additional biologic particulate build-up. According to the Department of Energy, a clogged condensate pipe can cause your air conditioner to work harder. Cleaning the condensate drain regularly could prevent an AC breakdown.

Once your condensate line is clear, your AC will start cooling your home again. If this isn’t the case, or if you’re uncomfortable cleaning the condensate line, please give us a call. We’ll send a technician to clear the line or diagnose if something else is amiss with your air conditioning system. Metro Air Conditioning offers a full range of air conditioning repair and maintenance services for all air conditioning system brands. Feel free to call us at any time. We’re here to keep you and your family comfortable in your home.

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