Condensate Letter for New
When you received your new split system air conditioning equipment you more than likely noticed that your new air handler and condenser unit were significantly larger than our old equipment. To achieve minimum federally mandated energy requirements (14 SEER), air conditioning manufacturers had to oversize the indoor evaporator coil and the outdoor condenser coil. The larger surface area of the indoor coil allows it to pick it up more heat and humidity from your home, while the larger surface area of the outdoor coil allows it to release more heat from your home more efficiently, using less electricity to cool your home.
With this new equipment removing more moisture or humidity from the air in your home to make you more comfortable comes the problem of water condensate leaks. When new equipment is matched with existing condensate pipes that are often as old as your home, water leaks are more likely to occur. Old condensate pipes with the inside walls lined with aged algae (see figure 1 and 2).
A new condensate line is the remedy in this case. Some of these pipes are in the foundation of your home and cannot be replaced. You must now consider getting a condensate pump to remove condensate from your home. Please be proactive and consider these options now. In the best case scenario, condensate leaks cause interruption of cooling and in the worst case they can lead to water damage to your property.
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