When the heat of summer hits, be prepared with a high efficiency air conditioning system. That way you can relax in your cool and comfortable home with the peace of mind that you are saving money on your utility bills and enjoying the perfect home climate. In addition to forced air ac systems, we also offer ductless heat pumps. The ductless heat pumps are easy to install and do not require duct work. Whatever your air conditioning needs in Hampton Roads, we can help.
Air conditioners use refrigeration to chill indoor air, taking advantage of a remarkable physical law: When a converts to a gas (in a process called phase conversion), it absorbs heat. Air conditioners exploit this feature of phase conversion by forcing special chemical compounds to evaporate and condense over and over again in a closed system of coils.
The compounds involved are refrigerants that have properties enabling them to change at relatively low temperatures. Air conditioners also contain fans that move warm interior air over these cold, refrigerant-filled coils. In fact, central air conditioners have a whole system of ducts designed to funnel air to and from these serpentine, air-chilling coils.
When hot air flows over the cold, low-pressure evaporator coils, the refrigerant inside absorbs heat as it changes from a liquid to a gaseous state. To keep cooling efficiently, the air conditioner has to convert the refrigerant gas back to a liquid again. To do that, a compressor puts the gas under high pressure, a process that creates unwanted heat. All the extra heat created by compressing the gas is then evacuated to the outdoors with the help of a second set of coils called condenser coils, and a second fan. As the gas cools, it changes back to a liquid, and the process starts all over again. Think of it as an endless, elegant cycle: liquid refrigerant, phase conversion to a gas/ heat absorption, compression and phase transition back to a liquid again.
It’s easy to see that there are two distinct things going on in an air conditioner. Refrigerant is chilling the indoor air, and the resulting gas is being continually compressed and cooled for conversion back to a liquid again.
Condensate problems in an air conditioner
A number of issues can cause the water in the condensate pan to begin to build up: the line can become dislodged or something may have blocked up the drain. When this occurs, the condensate pan, which is shallow, will start to overflow and spill out into your home.
The first trouble this will cause is water damage. Because you often won’t notice this at first, since the air conditioning cabinet isn’t in a place you frequent, the water damage can become extensive and may lead to thousands of dollars in repairs.
The high humidity also encourages the growth of mold and mildew. These bacterial contaminants will contribute to building damage (mildew warps wood and eats right through drywall) but also release toxic spores into the air, lowering indoor air quality. Rats and insects will also be drawn to water pools, adding another unpleasant nuisance.
Standing water will start to increase your home’s humidity, causing additional discomfort that will begin to make the AC’s work more difficult.
We don’t advise that you try to repair condensate problems on your own: a mistaken fix can end up causing additional leaking. Instead, contact professionals that handles air conditioning repair, OR will find the source of the problem and fix it so it stays fixed.