Does My HVAC System Need a Float Switch?
Majority of heating and cooling systems manufactured today include a safety device known as a float switch. This is an essential safety feature to your HVAC system’s operation. In this article you’ll learn what a float switch is. Also, if your system is older and does not include one the reasons why you should consider having one installed.
What Does A Float Switch Do?
To prevent water leaks from occurring a float switch is attached to the drain pan on your HVAC system. When your air conditioning systems draws the humidity out of the air, it collects the evaporated water. This water is then drained through your drain line. It is easy for your drain line to become clogged if your system in not properly maintained. The water has nowhere to go when your drain line is clogged. That is when a float switch can save you hundreds or thousands in repair bills!
A float switch will turn your AC system off when your drain pan fills up with water due to a clogged drain line. This will stop water from overflowing your pan and causing water leaks in your ceiling, crawl space, or wherever your air handler is. Once the switch is tripped your system shuts off. You will then be aware of the drain pan issue and can have it taken care of. Without the float switch you would have to deal with costly water damage. Also not to mention standing water in your drain pan is a thriving environment for mold and microbial growth. Help eliminate this air quality concern with a float switch.
Consider having a float switch installed to prevent water leaks if your current HVAC system does not have one. It’s as easy as calling the office and scheduling an appointment. Remember even once the one is installed, having annual maintenance on your system is the best way to keep your drain line clear. Be sure to contact O’Brien Service Company if your system shuts off due to the switch being triggered.