If you listen carefully to the noises that your air conditioning system makes when it is running, you will sometimes hear the dripping of water. An AC doesn’t use water to operate—the refrigerant that moves through it is a blend of chemical—but water moisture is a product of the heat exchange process. To make sure that this water doesn’t damage the rest of the AC or enter your home, the system has a component called a condensate pan.
Condensate pans occasionally need repair work. Should you notice water dripping out of your air conditioner’s indoor cabinet, or notice a rise in humidity around it or signs of water damage, call for repairs right away. For a trusted name in air conditioning service in Lido Key, FL, turn to Ultimate Air Conditioning. We’ve served the Sarasota area with heating and cooling since 1959.
What the Condensate Pan Does
The indoor evaporator coil is where your air conditioner absorbs heat from the air to cool it down. As the coil absorbs heat through evaporation, it also absorbs the moisture in the air which turns into condensation along the coil. The more humid the air, the more moisture. This water drips off the coil, and would fall out of the air conditioner if not for the condensate pan located below it.
The condensate pan is a wide and shallow container (about an inch deep) that collects the water condensation. A drain and a pump attached to the pan removes the condensation moisture into the standard wastewater system. Because the pan is shallow, it will overflow should the drain become clogged or the pump stop working. The drain can also become loose where it attaches to the pan, leading the water dripping directly out of it.
If anything goes wrong with the condensate pan, it will require professionals to fix it. Trying to detach and then reattach the pan on your own can lead to faulty connections and further leaking trouble. The water damage from condensate pan trouble can turn very expensive, and it can also lead to mold and mildew growth, so don’t take any chances: call experienced technicians when you think your air conditioner is leaking water.
Ultimate Air Conditioning has a qualified staff who can handle any of your needs for air conditioning in Lido Key, FL, and we pride ourselves on the personal touch we bring to every job…it’s part of what has kept us in business for so many years. Give us a call today to schedule your next service appointment with us.