Did you know that your Carrier air conditioner not only cools your home, but also removes the humidity that may be present in the air? All of this water collects into your air handler’s drip pan, where it flows out into a drain tube that leads out of your home. However, this air conditioner drain tube can clog over time, and lead to water damage.

How do clogs form?

Your Carrier air conditioner drain tube can form a clog for many reasons. Among these is the natural build up of microscopic bacteria that are found in the air. As this water drips through the drain tube, it leaves behind residue that may form into algae or mold. Since the drain tube leads to the outdoors, it is also possible that a clog forms on the other end. For example, if the drain is in a dusty place, it can become clogged with a dirt clod.

How can I identify an air conditioner drain clog?

Luckily, many modern air handlers shut themselves down once it senses that the air drip pan is overflowing. However, the older models that don’t offer this feature will not be able to sense this. You might not notice the problem until water is dripping out of your ceiling or vents. This means that your drip pan has overflowed, and your Carrier air conditioner should be turned off.

How can I clear a drain clog?

Although it might sound like an overwhelming problem, an air conditioner drain line clog can be a quick and easy fix when you address it promptly. Clearing out a drain clog isn’t a DIY for every homeowner. Here at Alamo Austin Air Conditioning & Heating, one of our HVAC technicians will be glad to assist you in clearing out your drain line. We’ll be getting your air conditioner drain like new in no time. To schedule an appointment click here.