Central air conditioners produce a lot of water as a part of the cooling process, and this water needs to go somewhere. A drain pan is used to collect the excess condensation before conveying it down a drain line and away from the home. As with all appliances, this drain pan must be checked regularly to keep the system functioning.
The following are three common AC drain pan issues from our team at Senica Air to watch out for in your HVAC unit.
The drain pan is an integral part of most HVAC units, and a leak could have disastrous consequences. Property damages resulting from leaking air conditioners can get quite expensive, ruining flooring, the walls, and other aesthetic aspects of the home. If left unchecked over time, a drain pan leak can even cause structural damage to the home itself.
Overflows can result from blockages in the drain line resulting from too much condensation in the drain pan. These blockages can, depending on the unit, cause an entire system to shut down immediately, necessitating a visit from a local HVAC technician. In addition to property and structural damage, clogs resulting from overflows can lead to increased mold and mildew growth.
Stop Mold and Mildew Growth
Tiny organic particles will collect in clogged drain pans and drain lines and produce millions of mold spores that will infect the breathing air of your home, given enough time. This mold and mildew can lead to allergic symptoms and be particularly troublesome for those with respiratory illnesses. If you notice any foul odors in your home, you might want to check out the drain pan.
Call the Experts
It is always better to have a trained professional handle your HVAC problems, and this goes for common AC drain pan issues. Keep in mind that many of these issues can be solved with simple routine maintenance. For more information on what a technician at Senica Air could do for you, call our office directly at 866-881-5935.
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