During summer, your AC system plays an integral role in ensuring your home stays cool. The last thing you’d want is to get home to find your AC not working due to a clogged condensate drain line. When that happens, you’ll need to address the problem right away. The good news is that it’s relatively simple to do so with some guidance from our specialists at Hawk Heating & Air Conditioning. Although remaining on top of all the elements that keep your home running can seem overwhelming, the simplest way to avoid a clogged AC drain line is through routine preventative AC maintenance.
Causes of a Clogged AC Drain Line
The AC condensate drain pipe clogs when the moisture that drips off the evaporator coil carries debris, dust, dirt, and other particles into the line. Over time, this debris can accumulate and block your system’s drain line. In most cases, this dirt collects when you run the air conditioner without an air filter or fail to change the filter for an extended period.
Signs of a Clogged Condensate Drain Line
If the AC drain pipe becomes clogged, your air conditioning system will show some signs to clue you in concerning the problem. You may notice the following.
- Puddles of water around the air handler
- Inadequate cooling in your space
- Musty smells in your home
- Your AC failing to turn on
- Increased energy bills
Unclogging Your Condensate Drain Line
Fixing a small clog should be relatively easy. It’s best to avoid using harsh chemicals. They are corrosive to metals and might cause further damage to the essential components of your air conditioning system.
The steps below will help you get rid of any accumulated debris causing a clog.
- Switch off your AC system. Turn it off both at the thermostat and the circuit breaker to avoid electrical damage or shock.
- Locate the drain line. The drain pipe is a PVC line, often placed outside near the condenser unit.
- Remove the cap from the line. You don’t require tools to do this. Pulling it off with your hands will do the trick.
- Inspect the drainpipe to determine if the stoppage is visible. If you can see it, remove the debris and retest for correct drainage. If the blockage is too far down, go to the next step below.
- Slowly pour a cup of white vinegar into the drain pipe. Leave this liquid in place for about thirty minutes, and then flush the drain line out with water. As you do, ensure the water is flowing as required.
If the steps outlined above don’t help, you can turn to our team at Hawk Heating & Air Conditioning for assistance. We have the expertise to service your AC system. We also provide expert heating and air conditioning installation, repair, and maintenance services in Herald, Galt, and surrounding areas. Call us today.