Humidifier causes air conditioner to flood

With everybody sick in the house I have been using the humidifier a 24/7. It really helps with this summer cold so we can all breathe a little easier. However, I did not stop to think what all this humidity would do to our air conditioning system until it caused a problem. I walked down the hall early in the morning and noticed that the carpet was soaking wet. At first I thought that one of the humidifiers might have spilled but then I discovered that the water was coming from our HVAC system. I turned off the air conditioner and did the best I could to soak up the water with some towels. I had to wait until 9am to call an HVAC company to come and take a look. The technician was very nice and showed up on time. He then explained that our air conditioner drain had become clogged. I didn’t even know air conditioners have a drain. It seems that air conditioners remove moisture from the air along with cooling the house. It is simply a byproduct of the cooling process. Anyway, with all of the humidifiers running in the house, the air conditioner drain simply could not handle it and it made a mess. At least it was a quick and inexpensive fix. With the drain now thoroughly cleaned, the technician said is would have no trouble with the humidity so I can go on using the humidifiers if I would like. At least that is a relief. Although, now that I know how the air conditioning works it just seems strange to have humidifiers running at the same time that the air conditioner is working as a dehumidifier.

 

 

Air conditioning professional