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What Is the Condensate Line and Its Function?

The AC condensate line in your Chamblee, GA, home plays a critical role in the indoor cooling process. The line is an exit route for moisture collected by the evaporator coil as air passes over it. The coil removes humidity from the air and converts it into water. The water drains into the condensate drain pan, enters the drain line, travels down the drain pipe and is deposited outside near the AC’s outdoor unit. It’s a simple process unless something goes wrong.

What Could Go Wrong With My AC Drain Line?

Over time, drain lines can get clogged with goo, gunk, dirt, rust, algae, microbes and other sticky, unhealthy substances that block the flow of water from the evaporator coil to the exit pipe. That’s when the trouble starts.

What Can Happen With a Condensate Line Clog?

Several mishaps can occur with a blocked drain line:

  • Ice can form on the AC coils and inside the drain line. The ice can severely damage your air conditioning system.
  • Water in the drain pan can overflow and spill its contents inside your air conditioner.
  • Pools of water can collect on the floor near the indoor AC unit and wreak havoc on your floors, ceiling, carpeting and furnishings.
  • Loose drain pipe fittings can cause leaks that damage your drywall or cause water to drip from your ceiling. Depending on where the AC unit is located and the severity of the leak, large areas of your home could be water-damaged.

How Can I Avoid Condensate Drain Blockages?

Drain line blockages can be prevented with seasonal air conditioner maintenance. To learn how to save money on tuneups in Chamblee, GA, with a maintenance agreement or to schedule an AC tuneup, visit Ful-Bro Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc., or call us directly at 678-369-0500 for more information.

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