Now that we have discussed how to properly run and maintain your drain lines, let’s discuss the benefits of doing so. One of the benefits of maintaining your drain lines is that you will never have water damage on your ceiling because of your a/c and heating system. When your lines begin to clog up, the water will begin to drain into that emergency drain pan. Sometimes, the pan could have a crack in it from just years and years of wear and tear. This will cause water damage to your ceiling and could force you to spend additional money on repairs that could have been avoided to begin with. Maintaining your drain lines can also save you money down the road. It will help keep your unit running at peak performance, thus not requiring as much energy to run since it will be running for shorter periods of time.
Additionally, there are a few issues that you may run into if you decide to neglect your drain lines. Earlier, I had discussed how there is something called an emergency drain pan under most coils. If your drain lines begin to clog up and that water begins to fill the drain pan, there is a device called a “float switch,” and the function of this device is to turn off your a/c and heating system when that drain pan reaches a certain water level. Leaving water in that drain pan for a long period of time will cause your drain pan to rust, therefore creating those holes in the drain pan that I had discussed earlier. These holes will lead to water damage. Below is a picture of a float switch clipped onto the side of your drain pan.