Everything You Need To Know About AC Drain Lines

Feb 18, 2020

HVAC Guide to the Condensate Drain Line

Keeping up with each part of your air conditioning unit can be challenging. However, the drain line is one part that might require attention from time to time, making it helpful to know a thing or two about this element of your system. The experts at Newcomb and Company are here to help! Here is everything you need to know about your air conditioning drain line.

What is an AC Drain Line?

The air conditioning drain line (or condensate line) carries moisture away from your AC system. Your AC unit produces an abundance of water. This is because cold air carries less water vapor than hot air. When warm, moisture-filled air passes through your air conditioning unit, the transition to a colder temperature causes the air to release excess moisture.

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When your air conditioner is running as it should, it can produce between 5-20 gallons of water a day. This number varies based on the amount of humidity in the air and how much cold air your AC is producing. All of that water must clear from your unit, which is where your condensate line comes in. This HVAC element carries water away from your system and releases it outdoors. When your drain line is damaged or clogged, this water will back up into your home, causing damage in your ceilings, walls, floors or wherever this runoff water may be deposited.

What Creates Drain Line Issues?

One downfall of your drain line is that it manages a lot of moisture within a small, dark space. These conditions create a perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Over time, this buildup blocks your condensate line, preventing the water from draining properly. This is when you may begin to notice an issue with your AC function or with excess water being routed back into your home.

How to Prevent Drain Line Problems

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Proper HVAC maintenance prevents drain line clogs from forming. When your lines are cleaned regularly, the buildup does not have the chance to impact your unit’s function. Your heating and cooling professional will also ensure that the rest of your air conditioning system is working as it should. This can give you peace of mind that your home will be cool and comfortable for the summer.

How to Repair Drain Line Issues

If you don’t have the tools needed to get your drain line cleared, our HVAC experts are on standby and ready to help! We can get your condensate line clean and your air conditioning unit working in no time. Newcomb and Company is also here to help you with any water damage you may have incurred before noticing your drain line problems. Our Raleigh plumbing experts have the skills, tools, and expertise needed to repair any water damage your blocked drain line may have created.

AC Service Near Me

If your air conditioner needs professional attention, schedule an appointment with the experts at Newcomb and Company! Our HVAC specialists proudly serve homes and businesses throughout Raleigh, Wilmington, and surrounding areas. For drain line repair or any other air conditioning service, our experts are here for you. Contact the Newcomb and Company HVAC specialists today for quick, affordable, and reliable service.

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