Issues with Your Condensate Drain Line?

technician-with-vanWith the heat of summer coming back to our area before long, it is definitely time to take stock of your air conditioning system once again. There is no way that you are going to be able to completely eliminate the risk of ever running into trouble with your home cooling system. That being said, scheduling annual air conditioning maintenance will help to keep any problems with your air conditioning system to a bare minimum. So too will knowing the warning signs that trouble is brewing.

Now, one call that we get on occasion relates to air conditioning systems that have sprung leaks. Air conditioners can spring leaks, of course—refrigerant leaks. But those will not result in a pool of water surrounding your AC unit. In fact, unless you use an evaporative cooler to cool your home, your air conditioner does not use water at all in its cooling process. So does a “water leak” require professional air conditioning repair in Rancho Cucamonga?

Well, It Depends

Okay, so most of our readers will know that we almost always advocate for professional services when something goes wrong with your air conditioning system. As is the case with problems that could be the result of a very dirty air filter or an improperly set thermostat, though, issues with your condensate drain line may be investigated a bit before calling in professionals to service your system. There are many situations in which you can resolve the problem on your own.

  1. The drain pan is misaligned. If this is the case, you can reposition it so that it is back where it needs to be in order to catch the condensate that looks like a water leak in your system.
  2. The drain is clogged up. Algal growth can definitely cause a backup in your drain line. If this is the case, then you can certainly use a cleaning solution, or even just some vinegar or peroxide, to try to clear it. Using a shop vac may prove fruitful, too.
  3. The pan is corroded. If this is the case, then you are going to need a new pan in place. It’s not a major component that you’re going to be welding back together, so just toss the old one and place a new one if you feel comfortable in doing so.

I’m Still Not Sure Where This Water Is Coming From

Your air conditioner is not a dehumidifier. However, as refrigerant evaporates and heat is drawn out of the air passing over the coil, the system does draw some water out of the air. That moisture collects as condensation on the coil, and it then drips down into the condensate pan. When everything is working properly, that moisture is then removed from your home by the condensate drain line.

While checking in on these components and even clearing out a clog may not necessitate a professional service call, please do not do anything that you feel is beyond your capabilities. The fact is that you can damage your system or hurt yourself if you get in over your head. When in doubt, give Goettl Air Conditioning SoCal a call.

G-O-E-T-T-L it’ll keep you cool, but it’s hard to spell.