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Why a Clogged Condensate Drain Is a Big Problem

Your air conditioner has a condensate drain that helps to collect and channel away moisture that your AC collects during the cooling process. But drops of water are not the only thing entering that drain. It’s also possible for small dust and dirt particles along with other debris to get trapped in the drain. 

Over time, this can lead to condensate drain clogs. It’s possible that water will back up either into your air conditioner or around the surrounding walls and floor, which can be a big problem. You can keep reading to learn more about why this happens and how you can prevent it. If you do have a condensate drain clog, you can give us a call for air conditioning repair in Lawrenceville, GA.

The Problem with Drain Clogs

If you aren’t cleaning your condensate drain line regularly, it’s going to get clogged. All it takes is a small amount of dust particles or debris to collect in a spot in the line by sticking to the walls of the pipe. Then, those particles begin to attract more and more until a clog forms and blocks water flow through the line. At first, water flow may slow down, and you don’t even know that you have a problem. 

But, if the clog gets worse, water will begin to leak out into the condensate drain pan. When this happens, water can quickly overflow and cause water damage to the surrounding areas of your home. While the condensate drain pan is there to catch some water, it is only meant to catch a few drips here and there. If you hear water dripping into your condensate drain pan, that’s a big red flag. You need to take action to unclog the condensate drain line by giving our team a call. 

If the condensate drain line remains clogged, water leaks are not your only problem. Without a way to channel moisture away from your air conditioner, your air conditioner may not be able to remove more humidity from the air. As a result, the air in your house may feel heavy and muggy, even if your AC is still cooling. 

Unclog Drain Lines

Sometimes, unclogging a drain line is simple. But other times, you need the help of an expert technician. If you happen to have a wet/dry vacuum, you can use that to try and remove the clog from the line. If it works, great. You can then pour some vinegar down the line to help remove any leftover residue. But if this doesn’t work, give our team a call. We can help you troubleshoot the problem and get your drain line cleaned and free from blockages. 

Preventing Drain Clogs 

Once you have busted a tough drain clog, you definitely want to prevent them from happening again in the future. Vinegar can be a great cleaning device to reduce mold and other things that can clog the drain. You can also prevent clogs by changing your air filter on time every month, and maybe by upgrading your air filter to a stronger option that offers better filtering. When you prevent dust and dirt from getting into the system to begin with, there’s less of a chance that those particles will reach your condensate drain line to cause a clog. 

But even without dust and dirt, you have to worry about mold, mildew, and other fungi, which still pose risks for drain clogs. In addition to flushing the drain line once per month, you also want to invest in annual maintenance for your air conditioner so that we can check your system thoroughly for any problems, including condensate drain line clogs. 

Your Comfort Is OUR Business. Contact the team at Snellville Heating today to schedule an appointment for condensate drain cleaning or repair.

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