Don’t let a clogged condensate line turn your A/C unit into a waterfall!

Now that summer is in full swing, your air conditioning system is getting its hardest workout. MTB Mechanical is all about the Science of Comfort, and we’re here to remind you that one of the most vital pieces of equipment in your A/C unit is the condensate line. Also known as the “condensate drain line” or “condensate drain,” the line’s main function is to drainthe water generated by running your air conditioner to the outside of your home. Keeping the condensate line running allows your A/C unit to operate as smoothly as possible.

How does the condensate line work?

As air is cooled in your unit, humidity is released and eventually turns into condensation. The condensation needs somewhere to go, and the condensate line serves as a drain line as it funnels water away from the system, moving the residual water outdoors where it can evaporate.

What can go wrong?

Water is the enemy of any functioning appliance, and can lead to corrosion and other related issues. The condensate line works hard to prevent the buildup of any water. And if the line becomes clogged by dust, dirt or ice, water cannot move through. This can cause serious issues – some that are visible, and some that aren’t.

How do I know if my condensate line is clogged? 

It can be hard to tell if your condensate line is clogged because clogs often occur within walls. Only an experienced HVAC technician can properly diagnose and repair a clogged condensate line. What’s the best indicator that you have a clog? If you notice that your A/C unit is frequently turning on and off without significantly cooling your home, a clogged condensate line may be the culprit.

How can MTB help?

The best way to prevent any condensate line issues is by scheduling consistent HVAC system service. MTB’s Priority Comfort Agreement (PCA) customers receive two annual maintenance visits, to help identify potential problems and maximize the lifespan of heating and cooling equipment. Interested in becoming a PCA customer? Make an appointment online or call the experts at (704) 459-4066 .

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