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How Does HVAC Condensation Affect Your Home’s Unit?

Since your HVAC system uses refrigerant and fluctuating levels of heat or cooling, it’s very likely that you’ll experience HVAC condensation at some point. Today, we’re going to discuss if this can hurt your system, along with some tips on how to fix the problem.

Does HVAC Condensation Hurt the System?

If condensation occurs within your air conditioner and isn’t taken care of, the water can damage the unit and lead to costly repairs. If you have a safety switch that shuts off your AC’s functionality in the event of a flood, that might activate and cause a problem as well.

How Can You Avoid Condensation? 

If you experience HVAC condensation, you’ll want to get it cleared out as quickly as possible. Here are a few things that you should check:

Air Filter

When your air filter gets clogged up with dirt and debris, it can cause poor indoor air quality, efficiency issues, and — you guessed it — condensation. You can prevent this by checking your air filter once per month and either changing or cleaning it as needed. If you do find condensation, wipe it away immediately.

Drain, Line, and Pan

Your AC system’s drain, drain line, and pan can all be the cause of condensation. A clogged AC drain is very often the cause. You may also have a clogged drain line or a broken drain pan. These first two can simply be cleaned, whereas a damaged drain pan will need to be replaced to prevent further problems.

Condensate Pump

Some air conditioners that are placed in the basement use a condensate pump to remove water from the system. If this gets damaged, you’ll get condensation spilling around the unit. You may see puddles near the equipment, or you might simply realize that you’re having cooling issues, which will give you a reason to check the system.

If you have any questions about HVAC condensation or need servicing of your equipment, contact the professionals at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company today. We’ve been serving the HVAC needs of Yuma and the surrounding community since 1952.