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During the summer, the HVAC system works tirelessly to cool your business, relying on a refrigeration process to remove heat from the air in your rooms. This process often creates condensation, but usually that’s not a worry because the system is designed to have condensation exit the building without a hitch. Occasionally though, problems with the condensate drain lines or the drip pan can cause water to be retained in the equipment, resulting in leaking.

HVAC systems have a drip pan at the bottom of the unit that holds any condensed water. The pan connects to a condensate drain line designed to carry this water out of the system and out of the building. If the pan is filled or if there is clogging, water can spill over. When this happens, you’ll notice water on the floor next to the air handling unit or evaporator coil.

What Can You Do?

The best solution is to clean the drip pan and condensate lines. Fortunately, you don’t need technical expertise to do that. Here’s how to proceed:

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  1. Shut off power to the HVAC system. For your safety, shut it off at the breaker and the thermostat.
  2. Access the drip pan. As mentioned earlier, it should be at the bottom of the interior air handling unit. If it is holding water, there likely is clogging.
  3. Wipe the pan using a rag, then take it out and clean it with a mild soap to wash away mold, algae or contaminants.
  4. Using a wet/dry vacuum, suck out clogs from the condensate line. Do this by using your hand to create a seal around the line and the vacuum hose and running the vacuum for one minute. If need be, run a rubber tube through the lines to remove persistent clogs.
  5. Clean the drain line’s access point. Then remove the drain cover to access the drain and, using distilled vinegar or hot water with mild soap, flush out any dirt. If the clog isn’t coming out, leave the solution to soak for a half-hour and then rinse with clean water.

If you go through these steps and your HVAC system is still leaking, call us for professional help.

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McDonald & Wetle

Portland Metro Area

2020 NE 194th Avenue, Portland
OR 97230, USA
Phone: 503-667-0175 503-667-0175
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WA 98499, USA
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