3 Tell-Tale Signs That You May Have A Clogged Condensate Drain Line

It is easy to forget the convenience of having air conditioning until you experience your AC not working. This can cause panic, and it may be a safety concern for some individuals such as the elderly, small children, and individuals who are heat sensitive.

There are numerous issues that can result in AC systems malfunctioning. Many problems are the result of improperly maintained systems. Sometimes a clogged condensate drain line is the culprit of needed AC repairs. The following points represent some things you might notice if a drain line issue is causing your cooling problem.

Musty Odors

Clogged drain lines allow water to get trapped within the lines. This creates an ideal environment for mold to develop. Mold is widely known for its rapid growth, toxicity, and peculiar odor. It is a substance that you should be leery of spreading throughout your AC system. This is because it can cause respiratory illnesses or aggravate certain health conditions.

Dripping Water from Unit

Air conditioning systems produce humidity. Therefore, the presence of a small amount of water dripping from a unit usually is not a major concern. Copious amounts should be addressed by an HVAC technician because multiple issues could be the cause of the drainage problem.

Water Damage

When drainage issues are ignored, it can lead to water damage. This damage can extend beyond the air conditioning system and negatively impact other areas of properties.

The structural integrity of foundations can get compromised by extended exposure to standing water. Walls and other building materials may also get negatively impacted and deteriorate or encourage the growth of mold or mildew on surfaces. You may also end up with a pest problem if you get water damage. 

The good news about a clogged condensate drain line is that the issue can be fixed. Future occurrences can also be avoided with proper AC maintenance. If you ignore signs of needed AC repair or neglect to get routine maintenance services, you run the risk of having more than a clogged condensate drain line.

Even if you can find a way to unclog your condensate drain line, it is wise to have an HVAC technician inspect your AC system to ensure that there are not any other issues or damage to your system. Also, keep in mind that a clogged line usually needs disinfecting to remove contaminants such as mold that have formed during the clogging. Remnants of contaminants can cause future problems such as poor air quality. 

For more information, contact an air conditioning repair service today.

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Hi, my name is Kari, and as a mom, I think it is my responsibility to make sure my family is comfortable. Some days that means making cookies for a sad kid or painting our walls in inspiring colors. Other days, it means troubleshooting the HVAC system to make sure we are all warm and cozy in the winter and cool and comfortable during the summer. If you want to read about HVAC, get tips on picking the right system or learn to troubleshoot issues, you have found the right blog! Please, get comfortable and enjoy reading! I hope these posts inspire and inform you!