Why You Should Keep an Eye on Your Condensate Pipe

Why You Should Keep an Eye on Your Condensate Pipe

The condensate pipe is an important part of your air conditioner that shouldn’t be overlooked. It eliminates condensation as your AC pulls humidity out of your home as well as prevents mold and mildew from posing a risk. A clean condensate pipe helps keep your air conditioner in good working order.

What Does the Pipe Do?

The condensate pipe removes condensation from air conditioning units. When the evaporator coil is hard at work, the pipe serves as a drain that releases excess moisture, so the unit continues to work properly. If it’s not cleaned regularly, algae can grow inside and affect the indoor air quality of your home or cause water damage.

Where is the Pipe Located?

The pipe is located on the air handler unit and includes a drain pan that connects to the condensate pipe that exits your home, usually on the side or back of your house. When your air conditioner is running, you’ll usually see water dripping from this pipe. If your AC is running and water is not dripping, it may need to be cleaned out. A technician is able to clear out any obstructions and pour a bleach and water solution through the pipe to eliminate any residual algae.

The Benefits of a Clean and Working Condensate Pipe

The benefits outweigh the cost when it comes to a clean and working pipe for condensate. When a technician comes to service the air conditioner, they’ll check that the condensate line is free and clear so the condesation can leave your home. When the line becomes clogged with algae, water can back up, overflow the drain pan and cause water damage to walls, ceilings or floors, depending on where the drain pan is located in your home.
For a thorough inspection and tuneup of your air conditioning system, contact DD Air Conditioning and Heating. A phone call to (239) 694-4849 is all it takes to get our air conditioning maintenance personnel to make sure your AC system is running optimally. We provide commercial and residential service in Fort Meyers and the surrounding area.

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