During the summer season, your air conditioning unit is working overtime to keep your home cool and comfortable. This means extra stress on your cooling unit and its components. One of the components that often sees pooling water is your condensate pan. In today’s post, a top HVAC and gas furnaces expert, Sherrell Air Conditioning & Heating, shares three common reasons why your AC condensate pan may overflow.
Why Should You Be Concerned?
The condensate pan is a component of your air conditioning unit built to collect condensation buildup and remove it from the unit through a drain line that directs it away from your house. If the pan or drain line malfunctions, it could drip onto your electrical components and cause a short that may damage your HVAC system. For AC units located indoors, homeowners should regularly check them for pooling water, since this could lead to mold buildup and rot that can spread throughout your house.
Why Does Your Condensate Pan Overflow?
- Tilted Pan. If your condensate pan is tilted or misaligned, it could overflow quicker or drip when it’s not even full. Make sure that the pan is level so that it will receive condensation evenly and not drip onto other components of your AC.
- Clogged Drain Line. If your drain line is clogged, the condensate won’t drain properly and will cause your pan to overflow. Clogs can be caused by debris buildup, dust, mold or mineral impurities from the water itself. Have your HVAC air cleaners inspect your drain line and avoid DIY’ing it so that neither the line or nor the pan are damaged.
- Excess Condensate. Your drain is designed to move excess condensate out of your house. However, if the condensate builds up too quickly for your drain and pan to handle, it could overflow and drip onto other components. This can happen when your AC unit’s refrigerants are low and form ice on the evaporator coils. Once the ice melts, more water than your drain can handle is produced.
If you’re in need of an expert on HVAC systems and gas furnaces, call on Sherrell Air Conditioning & Heating for help! We’re a professional air conditioning and heating service contractor serving the Dallas and Houston areas for over 20 years. Call us at (972) 216-1961 or (713) 595-4986 or contact us to get in touch with our experts.