The most common issue with a clogged heat exchanger is that it goes for years without getting fixed. Many of us keep on hoping it will come to the system’s surface and then go on with our daily routines. But, this is not a smart move – there are several reasons why the clog has continued to accumulate, and also, the longer you wait, the harder it becomes to resolve the issue.
One simple reason why the clog keeps on developing is the failure of the valve to close completely. This is most often the case when there is a large amount of excess pressure in the system. The more considerable the amount of extra pressure, the faster the pressure build-up will be. If there is not enough pressure in the system, then the condenser coil will lower the pressure. However, if there is too much pressure, it will cause the clog.
The clog keeps on developing the condenser’s failure to filter out the excess air. If there is too much air in the system, then the system will increase the air level. However, as time goes by, it gets harder to filter out the air as the excess air will accumulate on the coils. And this accumulated water, along with other dirt and moisture, will make it hard to get rid of.
Another reason why the clogging gets worse over time is because of the lack of proper maintenance of the system. When the system is not cleaned regularly, it becomes difficult for the filter to remove the unwanted impurities. So, over some time, the clog will develop, and the system will be unable to remove the impurities effectively.
The most common way for you to fix the clog and get it working well again is to use the vacuum cleaner with high suction power. Besides, it would be best if you also cleaned the condensate drain hose regularly so that the drain remains clean and clear of debris. And it will also help if you tend the condenser coil and condensate drain pipe thoroughly.
If you feel you cannot do the repairs on your own, it is better to call the professionals to help you repair the problem. They may be able to fix the clog for you in a matter of minutes. However, they will charge you more than the average individual, and you will have to bear the cost for their assistance.
Once the clog is fixed and removed, you should then lubricate the filter and the drain and ensure that the drainage path is clear. You can then open the valve so that the air can flow freely to the condenser, and the air in the inbox will be free.
But, if you are going to fix the clog manually, you can use a piece of cloth and brush it to clean the excess water accumulated on the clog’s inner walls. Once the clog is cleaned and the drain is clear, you should now replace the clogged valve. Once all the water is removed, replace the drain pipe and the condenser and then plug in the system’s outlet.
If you plan to buy an automatic control to eliminate the clogging, you must first check out the features offered by that particular model. This way, you will know if the automatic control would cope with the heavy load that your system can handle. So, make sure to purchase the best quality model to ensure that your home’s heating and cooling system are always running smoothly and successfully.