Condensate Piping

Collecting and Draining Moisture

With more and more hot weather in the Denver Metro area, we are all using our cooling systems for more days during the year. We get a lot of calls related to water dripping from ceilings or floors flooding around cooling systems - both of which can be related to problems in the drain pain or condensate line of your cooling system. These systems collect the moisture that is precipitated out of the air as that air passes over the cooling coils of your air conditioner or heat pump. The ultimate goal of these systems is to collect the condensate water, and then make sure it drains quickly and efficiently. If it doesn't drain it can cause problems. It can saturate ceilings, walls and floors - you could have large, expensive repairs to make. You could also have mold and mildew negatively impacting your air quality. Mold and mildew can also cause lasting damage to your home or building!

We’ve got over 40 years of experience making sure your drain pans are collecting and draining condensate water properly into your condensate piping system. We can clear condensate drain lines, and ensure that the traps are properly installed, cleaned and flowing freely - helping to ensure that your cooling system works efficiently. We can even install a second (auxillary) drain line, to help prevent future problems.

Condensation and Water Formation

Condensation occurs in your cooling system in much the same way that water droplets collect on the outside of your ice-cold beverage. It's really just water that collects as droplets on a cold surface when humid air is in contact with it. While our air in the Denver Metro area is not as humid as a lot of other places, we sometimes have humidity spikes (think August during the monsoon season). We also sometimes see ice crystals forming (and melting) on the evaporator coils of cooling systems. This problem isn't caused by moisture in the air. It is usually caused by dirty filters!

Seasonal Usage and Maintenance

Our cooling systems only get utilized for part of the year. When these systems get turned on in early summer or late spring, we get lots of calls related to condensate lines leaking. We also get calls about leaks in August, during days of high humidity - because the systems are pulling more moisture out of the air. Sometimes a condensate drain line either doesn't have the capacity to drain the quantity of moisture produced by your system, is plumbed incorrectly, or is simply draining slowly and is overwhelmed. In fact, most modern cooling systems will shut down if they detect that the drain line is clogged or if the drain pan is backing up. Don't wait until that happens! Call us today - we'll help you fix your condensate line problems.

More Information

If you'd like to read more about condensate lines or condensate piping and why a properly functioning system is important, the American Society of Home Inspectors has an informative article.