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AC Problems? Check Your Condensate Drain

Posted on: August 21st, 2013 by

The condensate drain in your Fort Worth home or business is a vital component to your air conditioning unit. Your air conditioner not only cools your house, it removes the water out of the air. With less humidity, your living space feels much more comfortable. The question now is, where does the water go?

That is where the condensate drain comes into play. On most AC units, you will find it attached to the condensation point on the AC unit. The problem here is the location of the unit. If it is located in the attic, then that means your line is likely routed down a wall and into a sink drain. In these cases, there are likely two drains. The first one is your primary drain that is specific for expelling the evaporated water. The other is the secondary drain in case the first one gets clogged up. The secondary is supposed to help keep it from coming into your living area, should it overflow. This may pose as a hassle, but it is still workable.

Most AC units are, however, located in a closet with quick access to a drain hole. These are the most optimal units to maintain. They mostly allow the drain to work with the flow of gravity, but in other cases, they go into a drip pan and are pumped out.

Condensate DrainOften, maintaining this part of your air conditioner is just as simple as removing the condensate drain line from the unit and cleaning it out. You also need to clean out the drip pan inside of your AC unit. The condensate drain is attached to it and either one of them can get clogged up with grimy substances that the AC pulls out of the air.

So, do you wonder why you need to maintain a line that drips water? Well for starters, the unit pulls more from the air in your home than just water. It pulls dust and debris, allergens and other grimy stuff that likes to float through the air. Over time, this grimy residue mixes with the water and forms deposits in your drip pan and your condensate drain line. This can easily back up the drainage and cause your AC unit to run sluggish, or even stop working.

You should also know that is fairly normal for condensate drains in Texas, where there is high humidity, to drain almost all the time. Actually, that is a good thing because it tells you that it is not clogged up and the water is draining out.

Your air conditioning system should be serviced and your condensate drain cleaned out every six months or so. The last thing you want is to suffocate your AC unit, especially in the sweltering heat of Fort Worth during the summer months.

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