How often should you clean your AC Drain Line?
You are trying to figure out what to do after your AC drain line is blocked.You've found the right place.
Being an air conditioning company located in the heart of Central Florida, we know how to fix AC drain lines.Our year round high temperatures and high humidity make us prone to higher rates of blocked AC drain lines than anywhere else in the country.Thousands of AC drain lines are cleaned each year by our technicians.
We're going to tell you why it's not a good idea to use a bleach solution to clean your AC drain lines.
The reason you shouldn't use bleach or vinegar to clean your AC drain line is because of the corrosive nature of these chemicals.They eat away at metal.
There is a coil inside the air handler.It is very close to your drain line.
The job of the coil is to cool the air.The drain pain from the evaporator coil causes it to collect in the drain line and out of the home.
Evaporator coil are usually made of copper or aluminum.What happens if your coil is in contact with a corrosive chemical?It's going to fall.
If you think your AC drain line is blocked, using bleach or vinegar can be dangerous.If the drain line is blocked, the corrosive mixture will flow into your drain pan and cause damage to your coil.
If you don't clean your AC drain line it will cause your unit to turn off and cause water to pour out onto the ground.
What is the best way to do it?When we perform an annual AC maintenance for our customers, here is how we do it.
You should use your hands to clear the obstruction.Make sure the end of your drain line is free of obstructions.Try to clear away the debris by reaching your fingers inside.
Next, connect the shop vac hose to the drain line.A cloth or duct tape can be used to create an airtight seal.The vacuum needs to be turned on.
Get a gallon jug of water and a funnel at the same time.Slowly pour water into the drain line.The water should be sucked out of your drain line by the shop vac.
Water will back up into your drain line and possibly leak onto the floor if the clog doesn't loosen.
If you don't have a shop vac or water, you can use a drain snake.The air handler is near the drain line access.Make sure the drain snake doesn't go towards the air handler or the coil.
The only way to fix a bad drain line is to rebuild it.We only have a few situations that warrant this extreme approach, but we want to include it as another option.
If you don't have the time or desire to do this on a regular basis, then we invite you to sign up for our Comfort Club annual AC preventative maintenance program.
We will come to your house once or twice a year to do a complete tune-up on your system.Cleaning the drain line is always included.
If you choose to sign up for the twice a year plan, we will always come to clear your drain line for free, which can save you a lot of money.
Call Pro-Tech Air Conditioning & Plumbing Service to sign up for our annual AC maintenance plan.
Nicholas was respectful of my property.The annual maintenance of my AC system was done by him.He explained everything and answered my questions.
EXPERTS with more than 15 years of experience explained everything about our new system.Highly recommend their services.Five star ratings are not easy to give.
I needed to replace my water heater because it was leaking from the bottom.It was still under warranty.Pro-Tech arranged for me to get a new water heater from the original manufacturer and only charged me the labor fee.Everyone I dealt with was helpful.Ana and Cheryl are in the office.The experience was pleasant and professional.