Sooner or later, you’re going to have to deal with condensation in your HVAC system. The question is, does HVAC condensation hurt the equipment? We’re going to answer that question and then take a look at some simple tips to help rectify an issue with HVAC condensation.

Does HVAC Condensation Hurt Your System?

The simple answer is yes, HVAC condensation can definitely hurt the system. Excess condensation can overwhelm your AC’s drainage system, which could cause damage to the unit. It may even trigger a safety switch designed to detect flooding, which will cause your system to turn off and not function. Not all systems have this safety switch, but it can be easily installed.

How Can You Avoid Condensation?

If your HVAC system has condensation, you want to get rid of it as soon as you can. Here are a few items in your equipment that you should examine for condensation:

Air Filter
Everyone knows that a dirty air filter can force your HVAC system to work harder, but you might not realize that it can also produce condensation. Luckily, the fix is an easy one: Routinely replace or clean your air filter every one to three months and then wipe up any condensation that is present.

Drain, Drain Line, and Pan
One of the most common reasons why condensation occurs is because the AC’s drain has gotten clogged up. It’s also possible that the drain line may be filled with dust, pet hair, or other debris. And lastly, your drain pan may be cracked or corroded. You can clean up the first two problems, whereas a broken pan would require replacement.

Condensate Pump
If your air conditioner has a condensate pump, you should take a look to see if it’s broken. If it is, you’re likely to find condensation around the equipment. Even before you notice the water itself, you may experience cooling issues that will clue you in to something being wrong.

For any questions concerning HVAC condensation or to hire one of the friendly experts at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, contact us today. We’ve been servicing the HVAC needs of Indianapolis and the surrounding areas since 1970.

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