Have you ever wondered what goes into a heating or air conditioning system for a large office building or another large building like a mall or a school? My name is Evelyn, and I am an HVAC architect. I design heating and air conditioning systems for large, corporate buildings. Making sure that a large building with many rooms or offices is efficiently heated and cooled is a very large job and is much more complicated than simply heating or cooling a home. This blog will educate the reader on how heating and cooling jobs this large are designed and completed.
One of the more common reasons why your air conditioner may stop working is because you have developed a clog in the drain. Some people don't realize their AC has a drain and therefore they have no idea what could be going on when their AC suddenly quits working on them. You should learn the basics of your air conditioner's condensation system so you know how to prevent issues, how to spot them, and what can be done about them. Here is more information you'll want to know on this topic:
How does the condensation system work?
The unit's evaporator coils remove humidity from the air as it goes through the system and it is converted to condensation that makes its way down the condensation line and further down the drain where it will be drained away. This process ends up helping the home feel more comfortable as the humidity level is dropped throughout the home, helping you to feel cooler and less 'sticky' which often happens on hot and humid days. If the unit just cooled the air and the humidity remained in the home at its current level, then the temperature would drop, but you could still feel sweaty and uncomfortable.
How does a condensation drain clog?
You know about the things that can clog your other drains in the house. For example, it's often grease and food particles that clog the kitchen drain and soap and hair that clog the bathroom drain. However, these types of things don't go into the HVAC drain, so you may not understand how it can clog. There are still things that can go into the HVAC drain to clog it and some examples of these things include dust and mold, along with gunk that collects as a type of pollution. When too much of these things gather in the drain, then the water can't move through it and it ends up clogged.
How do you know the condensation drain is clogged?
The easiest way to determine the condensation drain is clogged is because the air conditioner stops working because the system is designed for the unit to shut off in the case of a clog to prevent more problems. However, some other signs include the smell of must and mold, the air conditioner blowing room temperature air, and a puddle of water by the unit.
What do you do if the drain is clogged?
As soon as you suspect that the air conditioner condensation drain might be clogged, you should have someone come out to take a look. They will be able to unclog the drain for you and get the air conditioner to turn back on for you. They will also empty the water that has collected in the pan for you. It's also a good idea to make sure there isn't any type of water damage around the affected area. Contact someone like Edelman Inc in your area.