Don’t Ignore That Little Drip, Drip, Drip!
When the outside weather is hot and/or humid your air conditioning system
runs a lot of the time. When your system is doing its job properly it
creates large quantities of moisture called condensation or condensate.
Under normal conditions this moisture exits through your drainage system.
Like all plumbing systems, condensate drains can become clogged. When that
happens the moisture exits through a secondary (or emergency) drain. These
drains typically are placed in visible locations so that you know something
is wrong. For instance, if condensate is dripping outside your bedroom
window, that is an indication that your main drain is plugged up. Whatever
you do, don't ignore the dripping! What happens if the emergency drain
clogs up? The condensate must exit somewhere, and too often that "somewhere"
is through your bedroom or living room ceiling.
Repairs to condensate drains are normally inexpensive so don't hesitate
to call your HVAC service company at the first indication of a problem.
It is much cheaper to fix a drain than to replace a ceiling! So, next
time you see water dripping from an unexpected place, don't ignore
it – fix it! As always, if you need an expert call Tom's Mechanical
at 972/254-7888 or check us out online at tomsmechanical.com.