Have you ever had water coming through your ceiling from the attic due to the drain pan overflowing? It can be a nightmare to repair the damage! Air conditioner float switches are used to protect against one of the most destructive things that your AC system can cause: an overflow.
An overflow occurs when dirt and slime clog the drain lines, causing it to backup. If your evaporator coil unit has a drain pan, then it can catch any excess moisture before it results in serious concerns. An AC float switch prevents the overflow from occurring after the drain pan has reached capacity. While air conditioners are designed to facilitate drainage of moisture to the exterior of the building, debris and algae, that occurs naturally, can block the drain line leading to poor discharge of the liquid. The liquid that results from a backup is more than the capacity of a drain pan, which can result in water damage. If you have a properly installed air conditioner float switch, a small valve in the switch will float when the moisture begins to accumulate in the drainage line, sending a signal to the compressor unit so that it can turn off. Deactivation of the compressor puts a stop to the condensation process, which means that an overflow is prevented. The float switch I have recently saved me from a big headache!
Be sure to regularly check your air conditioning unit, or if you don't know have a professional do it for you. Remember an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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