Aircon condensate pumps are centrifugal pumps that collect and disperse the condensation (water) generated by climate control systems.
All air conditioners create condensation as a by-product of cooling because they cool down a room by reducing humidity. Dehumidification produces water, and it must go somewhere, and ideally, you want it removed from the house.
How Does A Condensate Pump Work?
An aircon condensate pump runs intermittently. Aircon systems have a collection tank where water accumulates. When it reaches a certain level, a floating switch activates the pump. The pump removes the water from the tank, leaving space for further collection.
How Can I Tell If My Condensate Pump Is Working?
To find out if an air conditioning condensate pump works, you can pour water into the pump's collection tank. If the condensate pump is operating correctly, the float will rise as you pour in the water, which will launch the float switch, and you'll hear the pump turn itself on.
How Long Do Condensate Pumps Last?
Condensate is hard on pumps, and many of the cheaper pumps are made of plastic, with plastic parts. These pumps may last only a couple of years, but the good news is that faulty parts are cheap to replace, extending the pump's life span.
More expensive condensate pumps have rubber or ceramic seals and better-quality switches. The price difference is not enormous, and many buyers prefer to pay the extra, knowing the pump will last for many years, often a decade or more. Like with the cheaper pumps, many affordable spare parts are available, and you can also replace the seals and sensors.
At Aircon Spares, we stock an extensive range of condensate pumps to suit all systems and budgets, plus a vast selection of spare condensate pump parts.