Most people don’t know that every HVAC system has a component known as the ‘condensate line.’ This component is one of the most important parts of your HVAC system and allows it to get rid of excess moisture. This is particularly important during periods of excessive cooling or heating.
Your Local HVAC Team can answer any questions you may have about this important component. Read on to learn more about how regular maintenance can keep things running smoothly, and what you are able to do yourself to keep your condensation line clean.
When air is heated or cooled inside your HVAC system, it releases humidity. That humidity eventually turns into condensation that needs somewhere to go. The condensate line acts as a drain for that condensation. Some HVAC units also have something called a condensate pan underneath the coil that heats/cools the air that is able to catch the falling condensation, which then gets drained through the condensate line. The condensate line connects directly to the HVAC unit and leads outdoors, usually through an exterior wall; Its exact job is to funnel condensation away from the HVAC unit.
The condensate line prevents water from collecting inside of your home, and inside your HVAC unit. Excessive water leads to a broken appliance, not to mention mildew, mould spores and corrosion. The condensate line funnels all excess water outside where it will evaporate into thin air.
Condensate lines can become clogged with dust, dirt, or even ice during extreme weather. When the line becomes blocked the draining process becomes disrupted and can cause serious issues. Some HVAC systems are designed to stop working until the standing water is removed. Excess moisture within an HVAC unit can cause a lot of different issues. If your heating or air conditioning unit is turning on and off constantly, without noticing a dramatic change in temperature, this may be an indication that the condensate line is indeed clogged. Other than that, it can be difficult to know without calling in an expert.
If you suspect your condensate line is clogged, you could try and flush it with vinegar or a vinegar/water solution, but results are not always guaranteed. It is also recommended that condensate lines be flushed each time you change the HVAC filter.