Originally published in June 2017, updated May 2020.
When you live in or around Augusta, Georgia, you know all about humidity and the discomfort it brings. Your first defense against hot and sticky weather is a well-functioning cooling system with a clear condensate line. Air conditioning systems work by drawing heat from the surrounding air. Because warm air holds more water vapor than cool air, moisture is extracted during the process too. The condensate line is the critical piece of equipment that removes the collected water from your home.
Avoiding Potential Problems Withe the Condensate Line
The drainage system in your air conditioning system is surprisingly simple: As warm air passes over the evaporator coils, moisture drips into a pan and then drains through the condensate line to outside. As long as the air conditioner is properly maintained, it’s a system that works remarkably well. Any malfunction, however, can lead to a host of problems:
- Without regular maintenance, a build up of dust, dirt and algae can cause clogs to form in the drainage line.
- Backed-up water can overflow onto critical AC components, leading to unexpected repairs and replacements.
- Condensate spills can result in structural damage, including biologic growth.
Clogs aren’t the only drainage problem that can occur in a neglected AC system. Cracks or holes in the pan or condensate line result in water damage too, although these are rare occurrences. Even a dirty filter can impact drainage by decreasing your system’s ability to dehumidify your home.
The Role of Proactive Maintenance
The simplest way to avoid AC drainage issues is to sign up for Doc’s Comfort Agreement. Our HVAC technicians inspect every AC component to ensure proper operation during warm weather which is when humidity levels rise. Your comfort agreement comes with extra perks too, including priority service, discounts on repairs and free air filters. Your system will last longer and perform better with regular care from Doc Savage Heating and Air Conditioning.