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Clogged Drain Line (Part 1 of 2)

The potential for a clogged drain line to occur from dust, dirt, and algae increases in the summer. High levels of humidity are part of our lifestyle in SW Florida. Therefore, your AC unit will run more often as the temperature rises, especially in the summer months.

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As a result, your AC drain lines will have a significant amount of water flowing through them.  If not addressed, a clogged drain can dramatically impact your air conditioner’s performance and your family’s health.

Water Leaks

Over time, your AC drain line can get clogged with dirt and forms of algae, which prevent the water from exiting your home. Since this water has nowhere else to go, it accumulates in your drain pan.

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Eventually your drain pan overflows, causing water to seep into your home.  When you notice this, turn off your AC unit right away to avoid any damage. Then double check your theory by examining the origin of the standing water.

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TIP: Use a wet/dry vac on the outside condensate pipe to clear any major blockage. Also, we recommend SW Florida residents vacuuming out the condensate line every two to three months.  For professional assistance, call our office, 239-693-9005

Full Drain Pan

There are two drain pans within your AC unit for water accumulation. The primary pan is located inside the air handler. The secondary pan (pictured here) is located under the air handler, for emergency overflow.  When the primary drain becomes full, the water begins spilling into the secondary pan just below.  When you notice the secondary pan collecting water, there is most likely a blockage in the drain.

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All air conditioning systems should have water sensors, known as float switches.  These sensors alert you if your AC drain line is clogged by shutting down the system. This will give you the opportunity to fix the problem before any damage sets in.  However, if your unit isn’t equipped with this technology, you should inspect your drain pans regularly.

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Sunset Air and Home Services has been serving SW Floridians just like you with expert AC service and maintenance.  Our goal is to educate you and help keep your AC equipment operating smoothly and efficiently.  When you need us, we are available 24 hours a day. Simply call 239-693-9005

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