With more air conditioner use comes more condensation on the surface of the air handler
It can be difficult living in a region that gets normal summer weather during much of the entire year. I tell my family members up north that my southern state doesn’t really have four seasons. We get slightly colder weather between late autumn and early spring, but it rarely drops below 40 degrees even at night. So as a result, we don’t deal with snow and ice during the winter months. It’s almost like the weather a northern state would get in late September or early October, but instead thrown sporadically in random weeks. In other words, we never get an entire month of non-stop cold weather; instead, we get one week of cooler weather followed by a week of warm weather. When we finally get to March, there’s an extremely fast transition from winter into summer. It’s hard to say if we even experience a spring season here at all, and if we do it only lasts for two weeks at most. Naturally, I run my air conditioner a lot more here than I would in most other regions of the country. Even if I keep it as high as 78 degrees indoors, the air conditioner seems to cycle frequently. If I drop it to 75 degrees, it will run even longer. With more air conditioner use comes more condensation on the surface of the air handler. Thankfully, most HVAC manufacturers make metal drip pans that are attached to the bottom of the air handler, regardless of the kind of setup. Whenever the metal air conditioner sweats, the beads of condensation drip off the bottom and into the pan. Just make sure to clean them at least once a year, as mold will grow overtime with subsequent exposure.