Your air conditioner has a drain line that can become clogged. This can cause trouble with your AC system and can cause damage to your home. There are a few easy ways to fix this problem.
What Is an AC Drain Line?
Your air conditioner removes humidity from your home. The moisture it collects is condensed on metal coils and falls onto a drip pan in the form of water. The drip pan funnels water into an AC drain line that removes it from your home. The AC drain line is wet and enclosed. This can lead to mold, mildew, and sludge growing inside it. If enough grows, a clog is formed.
How Do I Know My AC Drain Line Is Clogged?
The most obvious sign of a blockage is standing water. Your AC system may not be cooling your home or won’t come on at all. Another sign is unusually high energy bills.
Vinegar is an effective way to remove a clog, especially distilled vinegar. Shut off your thermostat, and flip the breaker to your air conditioner. Then find the AC drain line outside your home. It’s a PVC pipe that’s usually black, white, or gray.
Remove the cap from the AC drain line with your hand. Look inside and carefully remove any debris you see. You can then pour 1/3 cup of vinegar down the pipe. Wait for one-half hour, flip the breaker, and see if the problem has been solved.
If the above doesn’t work, connect the hose of a wet/dry vacuum to the other end of the AC drain line. Run it for two to three minutes to clear the clog.
Apollo Heating & Air Conditioning in Bellevue, NE, can help you with clogged AC drain lines and other air conditioner problems. We install, repair, and tune-up air conditioners and furnaces. Our other services include ductless AC systems, heat pumps, and fireplaces. Get in touch with us today to find out more.