Springtime is a great time to check your condensate drain system. If you do not want to DIY your drain line cleaning (which we do not recommend), call us at Marathon Air and we will climb on top of your roof or into your ceiling for you. The problem is that over the winter the stuff in the drain line dries up and gets hard. When summer arrives, the air conditioner turns on, dumps condensate water into the line and it backs up into the unit and the building, which causes water damage. We receive lots of calls for drain line cleaning at the beginning of every summer, so you might want to seriously consider preventive avoidance steps right about now.
What You Can Expect If We Perform Your Drain Line Cleaning
If you have us perform your drain line cleaning, we will inspect your A/C unit or Orlando refrigeration system and clean out the drain line with a blast of carbon dioxide. Then we will place antimicrobial tablets in your condensate drain pan to help keep the line clear for the days ahead.
Why You Should Care About Drain Line Cleaning
Air conditioners pull out a lot of moisture from the air. Removing that moisture from the air conditioned space to the outside of the building is done through the drain pipes. Sometimes these pipes need to be insulated, like when they are above a ceiling. The space above the ceiling in a commercial building is often not cooled air, so the cold water in the drain line condensates on the outside of the drain pipe and drips onto the ceiling causing water spots and mold to appear on ceiling tiles or sheetrock. We will inform you if this is happening in your business.
Mold, Mildew, Algae, And Dirt, Followed By Water Damage, Are Why You Need Drain Line Cleaning
Many people do not realize that the drain line is a critical component for proper HVAC and refrigeration equipment functioning. Your HVAC and refrigeration systems are powered through the drain line and also releases water through the same line. Unfortunately drain lines routinely get clogged. Algae, mold and mildew grow inside the moisture-filled drain line, which clogs the pipes and reduces the efficiency of your HVAC and refrigeration systems as this is happening. So your drain line uses more energy and causes your HVAC and refrigeration systems to work much harder. the drain line takes up more energy and makes the system work harder.
The HVAC and refrigeration drain lines can also get filled with dirt, which is caused generally by the location of the drain line near dirt. One key preventative key is to install a filter inside the drain line to prevent the accumulation of dirt. If it is too late and your drain line is already clogged, then we can perform drain line cleaning and get your system back to the ideal operating status.
Once the mold, mildew, algae and dirt take their places inside your HVAC or refrigeration drain lines, the condensate pan inside your ceiling (which catches overflowing water from the drain line) begins to fill up. Some people have alarms on these systems that will shut down their HVAC units. Others do not–in which cause their first warning about condensate drain line problems is an overflow onto their ceiling, which often means damage drywall, ceiling tiles, or sheet rock. We recommend drain line cleaning for all of your cooling equipment every 6 months.
This is a real stitch-in-time saves nine situation!