Is My Air Conditioner Clogged?

Air Conditioner CloggedDuring the summer in southwest Florida, most of us have our air conditioners running at full blast day and night. This means we need to take good care of them, because having them break down now would be a horrible situation. Most of us make sure to change the filters, but sometimes other things happen.  What do you do if your air conditioner is clogged?

If you notice your air conditioner isn’t cooling like it normally does, you might have a clogged air conditioner. Why does this happen?

  • Warm air is absorbed and turned into cold air.
  • This warm air condenses and drips into a drip pan.
  • The drip pan drains out of your home through a drain line.

So over time, this dark pipe, filled with water is going to start growing mold and algae. When you add the possibility of bugs getting into the pipe, along with dirt and dust, you’re going to get a clog at some point.

If you’re lucky, you’ll notice the air conditioner unit isn’t cooling properly. That means you’ve caught it early. If you didn’t notice this, you’ll hear dripping, or even notice water leakage, this means it’s been built up for a while.

Go outside to the main condenser and look for the drain pipes, and look for dripping water. If there is no dripping water, then you have a clogged drain line.

LaPensee Plumbing Heating and Air can help you. Preventative air conditioner maintenance can be beneficial to the everyday operation and efficiency of your system as well as improve the system’s longevity. Preventative maintenance is recommended by air conditioning equipment manufacturers because of the potential savings in equipment and energy. Contact LaPensee Plumbing, Pools & Air about A/C Maintenance today!

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