We’re barely into May and Los Angeles, CA has already experienced its share of heat waves this year. A good air conditioner is an absolute necessity, and not just in the height of July. You never know when the temperatures are going to spike, and when they do, your air conditioner needs to respond. Among the more common problems AC units suffer is the drain pan, which exists to gather condensate safely. Condensation forms as a natural offshoot of the air conditioning process – moisture in the air becomes liquid when temperatures drop, much like the formation of dew early in the morning – and that condensation needs to be collected and moved out of the system lest it cause a short or more serious problem. What are some of the common drain pan problems with your air conditioner? They usually break down into two separate categories
A Misaligned Pan
In some cases, the pan itself can be knocked off of its housing, usually because of external impacts or events such as an earthquake, or because the bolts holding it have worn out. If it’s tipped or out of alignment, the condensate may spill over and leak out into other systems
Clogs in the Line
Another common problem can involve the drain line itself, which gets clogged with debris over time. If it does, then the condensate will overflow and you have the same problem that comes with a misaligned pan. The good news is that regular maintenance sessions can keep the line free of clogs, but when it happens, it needs to be addressed.
Most air conditioners have a safety feature that shuts the system off before any overflow occurs. This keeps other components safe and saves you from having to replace them, though you still need a technician to fix the problem before it will run again. The experts at AZ Air Conditioning and Heating are here to help, so give us a call today!