19 Jun 2020

Condensation and Your Air Conditioner

Summer has arrived. You’ve got the air conditioner running, and all is well in your Phoenix home. That is until you notice water dripping from your ceiling. You start checking to see what is wrong and notice that there is no water draining from your outside condensate drain line.

You know the air conditioner produces condensate, but it’s not supposed to drain into your ceiling! You know you need to act quickly but who should you call and is it “I’ve got to replace my whole AC system,” or is it “I can call a local Phoenix AC repairman for a quick fix”?

These are questions swirling through your head. We asked the HVAC pros here at AZ Perfect Comfort, and they gave us some great guidelines.

Condensation Happens

Condensation is produced with all air conditioning units. The evaporator coils pull excess warmth and moisture from the air to cool it. That’s its job.

But, in healthy air conditioning units, you won’t notice the condensation it creates because it drips into a pan and runs outside through the condensate lines.

If you see condensation inside, your air conditioner needs the attention of a Phoenix HVAC technician. Water dripping inside is a sign that one or more of your AC parts are not working correctly.

The most common reasons for condensation problems happen because one of the multiple parts responsible for getting excess water outdoors is malfunctioning.

Parts Involved in Condensation Removal

Each part of the air conditioner is just as important as the other. They cannot function properly without each other. If one is broken, you will know it, especially when it comes to condensation removal.

Condensate lines provide the way out for water, flowing from the primary drain pan to the outside of your home. This is one of the first things our HVAC experts will check because lines can become clogged with bacteria, dirt, and grime. Clogs lead to backups and overflow of water.

The second thing we would check is your evaporator coils to see if they are freezing. If the coils freeze, they are thawing out at some point too. The melting water can cause an overflow. And if the evaporator coils are freezing, you may have a dirty air filter or a problem with the refrigerant in your air conditioning system.

The air filter is an easy thing to maintain. Depending on your system, you can clean or replace your filter regularly without your Phoenix-based air conditioner company.

Another vital part of the air conditioner AZ Perfect Comfort techs will check is the condensate safety switch. If something is wrong with the condensate safety float switch, or worse yet, you don’t have one installed on an indoor portion of your system, the system will keep running in the event of a clogged condensate line and will overflow the drain pan causing water damage inside your home.

Waiting to make repairs or putting off regular maintenance can be costly and lead to more significant repairs, like the ones below.

Condensation Damages

Excess water from your air conditioner can be bad for your AC, your home and your health.

When there is too much water in your home, it raises the humidity of your home. Humidity means even more moisture is forming, but this time, it can be in your walls, ceiling, floors, and even rugs and furniture.

Moisture promotes the growth and spread of mold and mildew, which can lead to allergies and illnesses for the people living in the home. Mold and mildew also attract cockroaches and other pests you don’t want hanging around.

If your drain pan has been overflowing for a while, you may notice water damage in that area. Water is absorbed quickly by wood and laminate flooring, creating a buckling effect. It can also completely ruin drywall. And since drywall is useless after wet, you must replace the damaged portions.

Finally, condensation can cause your air conditioner to shut down altogether. Can you imagine going without air conditioning during a Phoenix summer? It could be brutal.

We want you to enjoy your summer without any issues related to your AC. If you notice your air conditioner is needing some attention give us a call.