Your air conditioning system not only cools your Pensacola home but helps control its humidity levels too. Every time your AC pulls heat out of the air, it also extracts water vapor. The collected liquid is then directed down a the AC condensate line to drain safely outside your home. It’s a simple system that helps keep you cool and dry in Florida’s humid weather, but problems ranging from leaks to mold can occur if the condensate lines aren’t properly maintained.
Check for Leaks
Condensate check-ups begin outside at the point where the line exits your home. Dripping liquid at this location is normal when the AC is running, but a musty odor may indicate the presence of mold or algae. When your air conditioner isn’t operating, the residual moisture left in the line can promote the growth of algae, which can build up and cause the drain to clog. Condensate clogs can force the collected liquid to back up and spill indoors, leading to water damage in your home.
Standing water inside or outside your home provides the perfect environment for mold growth, which poses real hazards to your family’s health. The harmful effects of mold is why the Florida Health Department recommends regular inspections of AC evaporator coils, drain pans and condensate lines.
The position of condensate lines, drains and pans varies according the cooling system’s make and model, so inspections of the inner workings of the system are best left in the hands of a qualified professional. The most effective way to ensure everything is working properly is to schedule preventive maintenance service. At All Seasons Service Network, we check and clean condensate drains with every visit.
It’s important to note that not every AC leak is caused by an issue with the condensate assembly. If the evaporator coil ices up, for example, it can drip water. For more information about AC troubleshooting, check out our air conditioning solutions or call All Seasons today at 850-637-8479.