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How Can Too Much Humidity Affect Your Air Conditioner?

It’s no secret that each summer, we are heavily affected by intense humidity. Not only does it make us feel hot and comfortable outdoors, sometimes we can seem to escape it even indoors. And since too much humidity doesn’t allow your body to naturally cool yourself off, it makes the hottest day seem that much hotter.

Comfort is not the only thing that humidity effects, however. If the humidity levels are too high in your home, your air conditioning system can start to suffer. While AC systems do naturally remove some moisture out of the air, the standard unit is not able to handle humidity in excess.

What Happens to Your Air Conditioner

When the humidity levels in your home are too high, it creates moisture. Ideally, when this moisture builds up it gets releases into a drip pan known as your condensate pan. The condensate pan is designed specifically for this purpose, however it can only handle so much.

Excess moisture cannot effectively be drained, and as a result will start the formation of algae and mold inside your condensate drain or drain line. You could potentially even start to see problems with the pump. When this happens, your drain cannot work effectively. The condensate pan will begin to overflow, which not only can cause water damage but can also encourage the growth of mold and mildew.

How to Solve This Problem

The first thing you should do if you find water pooling around your air conditioning system’s outside cabinet is call for repairs. Expert HVAC professionals can remove the pan and clean or repair the pump. The best thing you can do to solve this problem before it even becomes an issue, however, is to invest in a whole-house dehumidifier.

Dehumidifiers are designed to remove excess moisture from your home. Your relative indoor humidity level should be between 30–50%. If it is higher than this, your air conditioning system, your home, and your health can all be negatively affected.

For quality dehumidifier installation and other indoor air quality products and services in New Braunfels, TX, contact Riteway Service Company today!

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