As soon as I purchased my first home, I realized that it was going to be difficult to take care of all of the appliances. I was worried that some components would fail or that others would simply suffer from neglect. Unfortunately, I had no idea what to do in order to avoid these types of problems. To ward off my worries, I decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor who could help. I was able to find an incredible business in my area who really cared about their products and services. They taught me how to look for problems and how to troubleshoot a lagging system. Check out this blog for more information about protecting your HVAC system.
There are many ins and outs to a central HVAC system. While no single article could explain how to properly maintain the entire system, there are certain parts that can be easily maintained if you know what to do. Maintaining the evaporator, for example, is one of the best jobs for homeowners who want to do some regular HVAC maintenance on their own in order to save money. This article explains how to clean the evaporator and condensate pipe connected to a traditional furnace in a central HVAC system. The steps in this instructional article are helpful because they are generally the same regardless of the brand of furnace that you have. Many of the other maintenance jobs are going to be different depending on the brand and design of your furnace or air conditioner. However, pretty much every central HVAC system will have a similar evaporator system, condensate pipe, and drain set up.
Maintain the Evaporator and Condensate Pipe
Since there is moisture in the evaporator, the bottom side of the box should have a connection to a drain pipe, which is called the condensate pipe. This pipe, needs to be kept clear so excess water can drip out of it and into the drip pan or drain. If you follow the condensate pipe down your furnace, you will see that it drips into a small tray (called a drip pan), or directly into a drain that is connected to your sewage lines. Only a small amount of water is meant to drip out, and it should dry up in the tray before it overflows. If your tray is overflowing, it could be a sign that your evaporator needs to be professionally serviced. That is, it probably isn't doing its job and removing all the moisture from the air.
Similarly, if there is no water coming out of the bottom of the condensate pipe, but there is lot of moisture within the evaporator box, this could mean that there is a clog in the pipe. Usually, the clog will be at the very bottom of the pipe, and will be the result of calcium buildup. You might need to frequently clean out the bottom of the condensate pipe in order to enable water to flow out.
It's not hard to make sure your evaporator and condensate pipe are properly working and doing what they are meant to do. If you fail to take on this simple maintenance, it could have a negative effect on your heating system. Contact a company like High Tech Heating & Air Conditioning Inc for information.