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AC Pro Tip: Keep the Condensate Drain Line Clear

While our summers are somewhat mild compared to other areas in the country, there is no denying just how important it is that your air conditioning system is in great working order at all times. What some homeowners seem to fail to realize, though, is that they can have problems with their air conditioning systems even if those systems remain up and running. Your air conditioner need not break down entirely in order to warrant some attention, after all. We have a tip to help you to keep your AC in Everett, WA functioning properly this summer: keep the condensate drain line clean and clear of blockages!

What Is a Condensate Drain Line, and How Do I Protect It?

The condensate drain line servicing your air conditioning system is used to remove condensation from your home in a reliable, effective manner. When your air conditioner cools your home, refrigerant evaporates in the evaporator coil. Not only does this draw heat out of the air surrounding that coil, but humidity as well. This will collect on the coil in the form of condensation, before being removed from your home via the condensate drain pan and line.

Because your condensate drain line obviously deals with moisture, there is a risk of algae/mold growth, as well as debris blocking the line. When that happens, the drain line can back up. This causes a couple of problems. First of all, there is nowhere for moisture to go, and it may freeze on the evaporator coil. Secondly, that leaking water that backs up into your home can cause water damage.

During routine AC maintenance, you can expect your drain line to be inspected and, if necessary, cleaned. You can also use a wet/dry vacuum, some rags, and distilled vinegar to clean it out from time to time. Be sure to contact us if you suspect that your drain line or pan is damaged, though.

Call G & S Heating Cooling & Electric today to schedule great air conditioning services.

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