Many Charleston, SC, homeowners don't know what a condensate line is or the role it plays in heating and cooling a house. This pipe provides the moisture that collects in your furnace or air conditioner with safe passage out of the unit, out of your house and into the ground outside. The line emerges from your home near the outdoor unit of your air conditioner. If the air conditioner is in operation but water is not dripping from the pipe, the line is probably clogged. The clog must be cleared so the water will have somewhere to go.
Clogs can Damage Your HVAC
If you see water pooling near your furnace or near the indoor unit of your air conditioner, it indicates a blockage. The blockage may be due to mold, algae, dirt or ice. A condensate pan holds moisture as it flows out of your HVAC and passes it into the drain pipe. If there's a problem with the pan or if it's full to capacity because of a clog, the water will overflow onto the floor next to your HVAC. If enough water is involved, the system may shut down and become inoperable.
Clogs can Damage Your Property
The puddles formed by overflowing water near your air conditioner can cause substantial water damage in your living space. If left unchecked, this moisture can encourage the growth of mold and mildew.
Schedule HVAC Repair Immediately
If you think the line is clogged, a shop vac will often suck the clog out. If not, schedule HVAC repair. Do not continue to operate the system. Your technician has the tools to suck out the clog or to warm the line so the ice melts.
The best way to keep moisture in the condensate line flowing freely is with annual HVAC maintenance. To learn more about the benefits of maintenance plans and seasonal tuneups in the Charleston, SC area, visit Myatt & Bates Heating & Air or call 843-628-1775.