Using and Maintaining HVAC Systems in Rental Properties

Use a Condensate Pump to Prevent Air-Conditioner Condensate Complications

When warm air passes over an air conditioner's evaporator coil, its moisture-holding capacity is usually reduced. This has the effect of leading to the formation of a condensate over the coils.

To keep the air conditioner's metallic housing from succumbing to moisture-induced rusting, manufacturers usually fit air conditioners with a condensate drainage system that usually guides this moisture away from the unit. Unfortunately, this system sometimes fails in its moisture-guiding mission, something that then leads to air-conditioner complications.

As it turns out, using a condensate pump can help you avoid most of these complications. Here is what you should know about how a condensate pump can help you avoid some of the complications associated with a faulty condensate drainage system.

Condensate drain-line blockage prevention

There are times when air filters fail to keep dirt and mold particles away from an air-conditioning system. This is so especially in cases where one is dealing with worn-out or dirty air filters. In such cases, these unwanted particles usually end up settling on the surface of the air conditioner's evaporator coil. The particles are then washed off the coils and onto the condensate collector tray by the forming condensate.

These particles tend to settle and block condensate drain lines, especially in upward-sloped sections of the line. This is so mainly because in these sections, the moisture usually moves at a slower pace, something that encourages settling.

Using a condensate pump will give the water an extra push. This will ensure that the water keeps a pace that is fast enough to discourage settling. This will slow down the rate of settling, something that will then go a long way in ensuring that your air conditioner's condensate drainage system is blockage free.

Air-conditioner shutdown prevention

A condensate pump usually increases the rate at which the condensate drainage system disposes of the condensate. This usually reduces the risks of the condensate drainage system getting overwhelmed, even in cases where there is a sudden on-rush of water—such as when coil icing melts. This, in addition to the fact that the pump helps reduce the risks of condensate drain-line clogging, usually goes a long way toward eliminating flooding risks. And since the flooding of the condensate drainage system usually leads to water flowing into the condensate overflow tray, which in turn leads to the tripping of the condensate overflow switch, the presence of a condensate pump usually helps to prevent air-conditioner shutdowns.

Contact a company such as Cagle Service LLC for more tips.