Checking Your Heat Pump’s Condensate Line

Water drips continuously into the condensate pipe during the summer

Heat pumps are capable of both heating and cooling. In addition to cooling your area home, they also dehumidify it. Warm air in your home holds a lot of moisture, and as the heat pump cools it, the moisture condenses into water. Water is drained out of your home through the condensate line of your heat pump. Here are three reasons why you should regularly check your condensate line. Throughout the year, algae and other muck build up in the condensate pipe. Water drainage could be hindered if this obstructs the pipe. An obstruction can be removed by cleaning out the condensate line with a long, thin stiff-bristled brush. It is easier to control humidity when the water can freely flow through the condensate pipe outside of the house. A blocked condensate pipe or drain valve could cause water to pool in the heat pump’s drain pan. The motor, wiring, and coils of the air handler can be damaged if too much water builds up. Your heat pump could very well stop working as a result. The condensate pipe should be able to drain out of the heat pump to prevent any damage. Water drips continuously into the condensate pipe during the summer. Algae and biological growth thrive in the warm, dark, and wet environment. The growth may move into the drain pan and air handler, releasing spores that are blown into the ducts. Your home’s indoor air quality will improve if you clean and sanitize the condensate pipe regularly.

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