If you notice that your condensate pan is overflowing, you need to address this issue as soon as possible, as it can actually become a serious hazard if the excess water saturates your home’s ceiling because this can lead to rot and mold. In fact, most homeowners don’t even realize they have an issue with their drip pan until the attic is already saturated with water.
Fortunately, it’s not hard to get into the habit of inspecting your attic regularly to look for signs of moisture, especially around the AC drip pan. Here’s what the air conditioner repair experts at J & M suggest you check for:
The drain line of your unit gets rid of excessive condensate, and the water usually flows at a certain rate. If the condensation buildup exceeds the drain line’s ability to remove water, you’ll likely get some overflow. This often occurs when low refrigerant levels create ice on the evaporator coils; as the ice melts, it creates more water than the drain system can handle.
Clogged Drain Line
The water from the condensate pan constantly flows down through the drain line, which can lead to the buildup of algae, calcium and other mineral deposits. These eventually restrict the water from flowing normally and will back up and overflow into the pan. If you think that this is what’s causing your condensate pan to overflow, try flushing it out with a pipe-cleaning solution. Otherwise, call in a professional in air condition er repair to fix the problem.
Broken Condensate Pump
While small amounts of water in your AC’s condensate pan is perfectly normal, an overflow may indicate a broken pump. In a functional HVAC system, the condensate pump will automatically turn on when the water in its drip pan reaches a certain level. If it overflows, this means that the condensate pump didn’t turn on as it should, which could indicate that it’s faulty or broken.
When it comes to heating and air conditioning repair services, make sure to look up the only name you can trust. Let J & M help you out today! Call us at (951) 663-4895 or fill out our convenient online request form to get started. We serve Hemet and neighboring areas in CA.