air filter wet in ac unit

Discovered that your HVAC air filter is wet?

Most likely, your condensation drain line is clogged.

In normal operation, a central air system will produce moisture commonly referred to as “condensation.”

The condensate drain line is designed to discharge water outside or directly into an interior drain. When your air conditioner filter is wet, this is commonly due to the drain line clogging and overflowing onto the filter below.

air filter wet in ac unit

What to do when your HVAC air filter is wet?

Before you run your HVAC system again, you’ll definitely need to replace your filter. You’ll also want to confirm the cause of water.

Running your HVAC system while the filter is wet can spread moisture throughout your ductwork and home. This moisture, if left alone, can result in mildew and bacteria growth.

How to Clear a Clogged HVAC Condensation Drain?

If you can find the end of the drain, the simplest way is through the use of a shop-vac.

  1. Locate the end of the condensation drain.
  2. Utilizing a shop-vac, attach the hose to the condensate drain and seal the connection with tape, or a towel to create an air-tight connection.
  3. Turn the shop-vac on to attempt sucking out the debris from the drain.

If you’d like video instructions on how to achieve this, you can watch this brief YouTube video here: Unclog AC Condensation Drain Line

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