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What to Do with a Clogged Condensate Drain

Ductless air conditioners really are becoming more popular in our area. While that’s generally good news, since we love these systems and the fact that they’re perfect for many homeowners, they aren’t without their own set of problems. Just like any other air conditioning system, problems can be mitigated, but it’s becoming increasingly important for homeowners to be vigilant and up-to-date on all the knowledge about their home comfort systems.

So, today we’re focusing on a lesser-known part of the ductless air conditioning system, the condensate drain. All air conditioners have this component, but what makes the ductless system different is that the condensate drain can run behind the drywall, running from the wall-mounted air handlers to a condensate pan. As the air is cooled, moisture condenses from the air and must be deposited through a drain system. When these drains clog, you’ll find yourself flooded with problems and will be calling our team for help with your air conditioning in Lake City, FL.

Don’t worry, keep reading and we’ll get into detail about what’s required to fix this type of problem.

Why Does Your System Have a Condensate Drain?

When a ductless air conditioning system operates, it cools air by evaporating and condensing refrigerant. This process causes moisture in the air to condense near the condensate coil and drip down through the condensate drain. This water collects in a condensate pan, where it evaporates. That’s how your ductless system is supposed to get rid of moisture for the extent of its lifespan.

Though, when this drain gets clogged, you can start dealing with serious problems. If it’s caught early, you might just have to unclog the drain and deal with whatever has transpired from the sitting water, whether that’s a mold infestation or slight water damage in your home and your property. When this drain gets clogged for too long and goes unnoticed, it can cause so much damage to the wall that your ductless system might fall down! Clearly, it’s important to notice this type of issue when it first becomes apparent.

Noticing a Problem

There are several ways to make sure that your ductless AC system isn’t suffering from a condensate drain clog, and we’ll list a few of them to start.

Use Your Nose

We mentioned earlier that mold can grow as a result of a condensate drain clog—and believe it or not, this is one of the easiest ways to tell that there’s a problem in the first place! If you notice the smell of mold or mildew coming from your ductless air conditioner, you might have mold growing behind it where the condensate drain would be.

Look for Water Damage

Water damage can take many forms, but it’s important to spot it when it appears. It can be anything from paint peeling to brown spots on the wall, to even a puddle that never seems to go away from under your ductless system.

Call Us

Once you notice that there’s a problem with your condensate drain, the first step to take when trying to solve it is to call us. Only professionals like the ones on our team have the tools and expertise to repair this problem and keep your air conditioner running in good shape.

Call our team at North Central Florida Air Conditioning today. Improving lives by improving homes!

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