You may have noticed that your air conditioning unit produces water when it is running. Some homeowners have called for HVAC service, believing that their AC unit was in need of repairs because their units seem to be leaking water.
This moisture is a byproduct of the air conditioning process. The AC unit extracts water from the air, removing humidity and making the air feel cooler. The water that is extracted from the air is drained into the condensate tray and is then passed out of the home or into the drainage system. Under normal conditions, AC units drain off the water that is removed from the air.
The Condensate System
As long as the condensate tray is level and the drainage system is clear, the water should never be a problem for the homeowner. However, if the condensate tray is moved or damaged, or if the condensate drain is clogged, the water may overflow the tray and damage ceilings, floors and walls.
Maintaining Your Air Conditioner
If your air conditioner excessively leaks water, be sure to keep your condensate pan level and the drain clear. Regular preventative maintenance will prevent problems with the condensate system. During routine maintenance, the HVAC technician clears the condensate drainage system and checks the tray to ensure the water is properly drained. Between maintenance visits, you can check the condensate tray and clear the drain with a vacuum cleaner to prevent overflow of condensation.
Routine maintenance is necessary to keep your equipment running at its peak. Just as you tune your car or truck to obtain optimal fuel efficiency, the same is true with your HVAC system. An AC tune-up performs the same function for your HVAC system. The more fuel efficient your equipment, the more money you will save on energy costs. Tuning your air conditioner during the spring each year will save energy and help you to avoid emergency service calls.
In addition to checking the condensate tray and drain, the HVAC technician will perform a series of inspections and will tune the equipment. The technician inspects components for wear and damage, tightens belts and bolts, calibrates the thermostat, lubricates moving parts and cleans various components, such as the cooling coils. The tech will check for potential part failure and will recommend repairs to avert an emergency situation. Regular maintenance extends the life of your system, too.
Cool America Commercial and Residential Air Conditioning
Cool America Commercial and Residential Air Conditioning offers routine HVAC maintenance services to prepare your air conditioning unit for the heavy demands of the Ft. Lauderdale FL summer. We will provide you with a complete seasonal tune-up for your AC system at a competitive price. We also offers preventative maintenance service agreements to simplify your annual tune-ups. Our preventative maintenance service agreements include discounts and priority scheduling for service calls. Please give us a call for more information.