There are several components of a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system that are vital to its ability to deliver comfortable air. We usually don’t think about them until they malfunction. The condensate system collects moisture that accumulates as the air conditioner removes humidity from the air. This moisture drips into a drain pan and is routed out of the building through a condensate pipe. If you notice water accumulating around the air handler, chances are the condensate system is clogged up.

Mobile, Alabama, homeowners should check the condensate system every few months to make sure it is working. If the system is blocked or damaged, call the experts at Air Specialty to clean the condensate pipe and repair the problem.

Problems With Clogged Condensate Pipe

HVAC units work hard in the humid climate of Mobile to keep interiors comfortable. In humid climates, air conditioners can remove up to 5 gallons of water a day. The condensate pipe must be kept clear to expel the moisture removed during the cooling cycle. If the pan or tubing gets dirty or blocked, the moisture will fill the pan and seek a way out.

Water overflowing the pan can damage walls, flooring or ceilings. It can also damage carpets and other household items. Standing water may grow bacteria or algae that can be harmful to health. If moisture backs up into the HVAC unit, coils can freeze, which can lead to expensive repairs.

Check Frequently to Prevent Condensate System Problems

The condensate system should be checked at least twice a year during a tune-up by a professional HVAC contractor. In addition, you should check the condensate system every few months between tune-ups. If you notice pooling water in the drip pan, you can try to clear the block. However, the professionals at Air Specialty have the tools and expertise to clean, sanitize and repair a blocked or damaged condensate system.

If your air conditioning condensate system is not working properly, call the experts at Air Specialty at (251) 415-4559 to repair the problem. We also offer 24-hour emergency services.

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