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Avoid AC Repair From Clogged Drain Lines

One of the most common issues of an AC unit not cooling is backed-up drain lines. If you are like most homeowners, thinking about your AC is not a priority until it stops cooling. This can cause a very uncomfortable environment, unhappy family members and leave you calling us for AC Repair.

The Condensate Drain Line

Your AC unit has a dual purpose – to keep your home cool and to extract moisture from the air.  This moisture, also known as humidity, drips into your unit’s drain pan, then gets funneled outside via the condensate drain line.

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You may have noticed this drainage pipe near your outdoor unit. Over time, this drain line can become clogged with dust, dirt, algae, or other debris, impeding the flow of water, and causing it to back up.

When the drain line becomes blocked, the excess water accumulates in the drain pan.

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As the drain pan begins to overflow, you may notice water leakage coming from your ceiling or attic.

Prevent Drain Line Clogs

The good news is preventing clogged drain lines is relatively simple.  Check out these tips below.

Change Your Air Filter

When air filters are not changed regularly, dust or airborne particles will push through the filters and build up on the evaporator coil. In turn, the debris then gets washed off the coil and settles, resulting in a clogged drain line.

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Make sure to replace your air filters monthly to maintain good airflow and reduce the risk of blockages.

Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance

One of the most effective ways to avoid AC Repair and prevent drain line backups is regular maintenance performed on your system. Contact us for details.

Keep Your Outdoor Unit Clear

Ensure bushes, trees, and other vegetation are trimmed back from your outdoor unit.

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This prevents debris from falling into the unit and potentially damaging the components.

Remember The Float Switch

All AC systems should have water sensors, (a.k.a. float switches) that alert you and shut down your system if the drain line is clogged. This will give you the opportunity to fix the problem before any damage sets in to your home.

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If your unit isn’t equipped with this safety mechanism, be sure to contact us and we’ll get you set up.

Contact Us For AC Repair

Remember, a little maintenance goes a long way in avoiding AC Repair and preserving the efficiency of your AC system. If you suspect your drain lines are compromised, or need help with anything HVAC-related, give us a call. 239-693-9005

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