When you invest in a ducted reverse cycle AC system, youíre taking steps to improve your level of home comfort. However, an air conditioner is a complex piece of equipment with electronic, electrical and even mechanical moving components. Like any such device, this can lead to a variety of issues, and itís important to get regular maintenance. One of the most common issues experienced by AC using homeowners is a clogged drain line, and this can cause water damage.
The Formation of a Clog
The air handler in your AC system has a condensate pan where the water from the condensation is collected. This pan contains tiny dust and debris particles and certain microscopic bacteria that have been collected from the air. When this water mixture drips into the drain line, it will leave behind a slight residue. Over time, this residue is added to gradually and eventually the deposits become so large that they can form a clog in the drain line. At this stage, these deposits are composed of wet dust clumps, algae deposits and mould growth.
The formation of a clog is not limited to indoors, the drain line exits the home and leads to the outdoors too. At this end, a variety of other circumstances could lead to the formation of an external drain line clog. If the drain line terminates in a location that is very dusty, it could easily be clogged up with dirt deposits. In extreme circumstances, itís even possible that insects (that also need water) are attracted to the drain line opening and then build their nest there.
Identifying a Drain Line Clog
If the drain line becomes clogged, there are a number of possible outcomes that are largely determined by the feature set on your air handler. Most, modern air handlers have a system that will detect an overfull drip pan and then respond by shutting the system down. The very best new smart models will even send you an email or text to let you know this has happened. This can be annoying, but this safety feature will prevent an overflow and protect your home from potential water damage.
Older or less sophisticated air handlers will not have this advance warning feature. In fact, you may not even notice that there is a problem until you actually see water dripping from a vent or ceiling. If you see this, the drip pan has overflowed, and itís essential to turn the AC system off as quickly as possible.
Clearing a Drain Clog
This can be a tricky proposition, the air handler could be located in a hard to reach location, and special equipment will be required. This is a job best left to a trained HVAC technician with the requisite experience.
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