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Is Your AC’s Condensate Drain Clogged?

Air conditioners deal with moisture in the air as well as the heat. Think about it, the more humid the air is in your home, the easier it is for heat to get stuck and make you uncomfortable. As your air conditioner draws in air and cools it, it condenses the moisture from the air making your home feel dryer and cooler. However, where does that moisture go?

It should go into the condensate drain and get vented outside. If your air conditioning in Orlando, FL isn’t working properly and you’re noticing that there are humidity problems in your home, it could signal that something is wrong with the condensate drain of your system. Humidity issues, mold, and the malfunction of your air conditioner are all signs that your condensate drain is clogged and you’re suffering from an issue. Don’t worry, keep reading and give us a call if you think your system is dealing with this kind of problem.

How To Tell Something Is Wrong

Okay, let’s take it from the top. In order to know if your air conditioner is struggling, you need to know how to spot the signs of a clogged condensate drain. Luckily, that’s our specialty. Let’s look at some of the ways you can tell there’s a condensate drain issue going on.

  • Dirty Sock Smell. When your air conditioner’s condensate drain gets clogged, it becomes very easy for mold or mildew to grow. Think about it, these organisms thrive in a dark, damp environment and that’s exactly what a clogged drain is! If you notice a dirty sock smell coming from your air conditioner, chances are pretty good that there’s an issue with the condensate drain.
  • Dripping or Leaking. If the condensate that gets siphoned out of the air has nowhere to go, it’s going to start flooding out of your system any way it can. This might result in leaks or drips coming from the indoor component of your air conditioner. If you notice these kinds of things, call for our help immediately—before the wall-mounted air handler, or other air conditioner component causes harm to your home!
  • Poor Humidity Control. If your air conditioner can’t siphon moisture out of the air, then your home is going to feel warmer and more humid than it should. This could be a clear sign that the system isn’t doing what it’s supposed to do.

The Next Step

Let’s say you’ve located a problem with your air conditioner’s condensate drain. Now what?

Well, you could just call our team. We specialize in air conditioner repair, whether the repair need is on a central AC system or a wall-mounted air handler. No matter the type of cooling system, we can make sure to clear out your condensate drain and get things back to normal.

By the way, when was the last time you invested in AC maintenance? Maintenance can be a great way to ensure this kind of problem never happens again. We can clear out your system’s condensate drain every year so that nothing ever gets backed up.

Call Gary Munson Heating & Air Conditioning today if you need help. You will be more comfortable with the best!

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