Condensate Leaks – Big Problems Easily Solved
Maybe you have noticed the beginning of a strain on your dining room ceiling.
Or, maybe you hear a "drip, drip, drip" above your bedroom ceiling
during the night. These are the warning signs of a condensate leak in
your attic air conditioning system. This is one of those situations which
requires immediate attention if you want to avoid a messy problem.
Moisture in the form of condensate is a byproduct of the cooling process
in your air conditioning system. When everything is working properly,
the condensate runs from the evaporate coil into a drain pain, then exits
through a drain line. Occasionally, that drain line becomes clogged and
the condensate either exits through a secondary drain, or overflows onto
your ceiling. As you can imagine, your ceiling isn't designed to hold
water and at some point, it will cave in.
Condensate drains go largely unused during the heating season and it is
common for them to become clogged by algae, spider webs, etc. when they
are not being used. Now that the cooling season has arrived, we get frequent
calls from homeowners who are seeing the early signs of leaks. Once the
clog is removed, we use a mixture of bleach and water to keep the drain
clear. However if this treatment is not repeated at least twice a year,
drain clogs are likely to be a problem again. Homeowners who wish to be
proactive can perform this preventive treatment themselves.
If you need a quality company to stop the "drip, drip, drip"
please give Tom's Mechanical a call at 972.254.7888 or look us up
online at TomsMechanical.com