AC Condensate

With warmer weather here to stay, it might be time to check on your air conditioning’s drain line. Backups can cause mold and bacteria to grow, foul smells to spread throughout your home and a potential failure of your entire HVAC system. 

If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. 

What’s an AC Condensate Drain Line?

An AC condensate drain line runs from your AC unit inside your home or commercial building to your plumbing drainage system. Its main goal is to drain the excess moisture built up through the cooling process. 

In a nutshell, air conditioning units work by recirculating air, and removing moisture from the air as it passes through the unit. Water vapor is brought in from outside and condenses into a liquid that then forms on the evaporator coil. From there, the droplets formed on the evaporator coil then drip into the condensate drain pan, typically located right below.

The AC condensate drain line is a tube or pipe that then carries the water from the condensate drain pan to your plumbing drainage system. This helps keep humidity out of your home so you aren’t left with a muggy feeling indoors.

Why do AC Condensate Drain Lines Get Clogged?

Your AC drain line can become clogged when too much dirt, debris or algae is built up. When buildup occurs, it’s harder to drain the excess water correctly, leaving it to sit in a humid environment and fester for long periods of time. Over this time, humidity becomes a breeding ground for mold, mildew, fungus and bacteria. 

As bacteria begins to form, it only clogs the drain line more, causing the issue to worsen. Without anywhere for the excess water to go, it will start to leak into other areas of your home, either through cracks in your ceiling.

How Can Reliable Plumbing Help?

Although we don’t install Air Conditioning units as that is typically handled by an HVAC Professional, we will repair and fix any drainage or plumbing issues you might have due to your HVAC system. 

While small clogs in your drain line can be done through DIY solutions, we don’t recommend it as working with water and electricity can be very dangerous. Additionally, it’s difficult to know the scope of the drain buildup until closer inspection.

With over 38 years of experience, our highly-trained technicians will make sure that your drain line is not only clear from debris and buildup but is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for years of usage. 

Have an issue you need us to fix? Contact us today with any questions or check out more of our services