Your AC system has been working hard over recent months to keep you cool by utilizing a refrigerant cycle to remove the heat from the air within your home and exhaust it outdoors. This helps lower the temperature in your home, and also helps reduce humidity. When there is too much humidity in the air, your evaporator coil helps to control moisture levels, while the condensate tray and drain help evacuate that moisture from your home.
The Function of a Condensate Drain
Your system’s evaporator coil helps refrigerant absorb heat from the inside air in order to release it outdoors. In addition, as warm air blows over the very cool evaporator coil, the process of condensation leads to water droplets forming on the outside of the coil. Water then drips into the condensate pan—a shallow, angled tray underneath the evaporator coil with a hole at the bottom that allows the condensation to drain.
What Condensate Drain Problems Can You Run Into?
The Condensate Pan Is Aligned Incorrectly: The condensate tray must be at the correct angle so that water can easily flow into the drain. This may get knocked out of place fairly easily, and if this happens, water might leak into your home.
Clogged Condensate Drain: A clogged drain can also cause water to leak from the condensate tray. Over time, debris and dirt might infiltrate the pipe, which causes water to back up into the pan. This is an issue for a couple of reasons. The water might flow into your home, for one. Also, it can attract mold and mildew, which can both lead to health problems for you and your family.
Damaged Condensate Tray: Over time, particularly if you skip maintenance, your condensate tray might become cracked, which will cause water to leak out of it. Typically the easiest and least expensive option for remedying this is simply replacing the tray.
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