If you listen carefully to the sounds that your air conditioning system makes during operation, you will hear at intervals the drip and splash of water. Your air conditioner does not use water as part of cooling down your home (a chemical known as refrigerant, or “Freon,” is what circulates through the coils and lines), but water is a product of the evaporation process that occurs along the indoor coil. The sound of water you hear is the moisture along the coil dripping down into a shallow condensate pan and then a pump removing it out a drain.
Under normal circumstances, the removal of condensate from your AC will present no problems. But like any component in a mechanical device, the condensate drainage system can develop trouble that will require the assistance of professionals to remedy. At the first sign of condensate problems (as we’ll describe below), call for repairs for your air conditioning in Atlanta, GA from Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.
How your AC can develop condensate problems
The moisture that forms along the evaporator coil is water from the air that condenses along the coil when the cold refrigerant inside it absorbs heat from the air. In high humidity, a large amount of water will appear along the coil.
The amount of moisture that drips down into the pan should never present a problem, no matter the humidity. However, the condensate drain can become clogged due to algal growth—a common occurrence in humid Georgia summers—and stop draining the moisture. If this happens, the shallow pan will rapidly overflow and spill water inside your house. This will lead to water damage, an increase in humidity in your house, and the growth of mildew and bacteria. At the first sign of any of these, call for help.
The condensate pump can also break, which will lead to the pump failing to drain. Another problem you may encounter is when the condensate pan becomes detached from the drain or drain line, sending the water in the pan straight down to the floor.
Whatever the trouble with the condensate system for your home, professionals can take care of the problem. They can detach the pan, clean it, unclog or replace the drain, re-secure the drain to the pan, and repair the pump.
Allowing water to continue to drip from an air conditioner is a bad idea: not only will this cause expensive water damage, but it will eventually trip an overflow switch that will shut off the air conditioner entirely.
At the first signs of condensate issues in your air conditioning in Atlanta, GA, call the team that has taken care of ACs since 1995: Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.