You’re doing a pretty good job of home maintenance in Casa Adobes, right? You even change your air conditioning filters and remove any debris built up around your outside compressor unit. But, as it’s likely to happen to almost everyone, your central air system doesn’t seem to be working as well as it used to.
Chances are it’s a leak somewhere along the drain line…that line that moves all the condensed moisture from your home and drains it outside. The leak is caused by a clogged line and even if you do all your other maintenance, if you skip checking the drain pan and line on your air conditioning system, you could easily end up with some build up dirt, dust and debris. That combines with all that moisture trying to exit your house and you end up with line blocking sludge.
There’s a joke that says, “if your drain line isn’t clogged right now, just wait.” In other words, it’s inevitable that at some point in the life of your central air system you will experience a leak. Don’t worry, for most people it’s an easy Do-It-Yourself project.
Here are some basic tips to cleaning your AC Unit’s drain line
- Turn off the power to your air conditioning system at your breaker box! Safety first and all of that is true…don’t take an unnecessary risk of electrical shot!!
- Locate the drain line that is coming out of the bottom of the drain pan (it’s usually a plastic PVC pipe).
- Put the hose of a shop vacuum (a wet/dry vac) either into or over the end of that pipe. Turn it on and let it do its job to suck out whatever is clogging the line.
- If that didn’t completely fix the issue, remove the furnace cover and access the actual drain pan and clean up anything there. This includes checking for any hardened build up…a paint scraper or metal spatula will work great.
That should clear things up. It’s a good idea to add this to your annual maintenance of your central air system to keep it running better and longer.
Sometimes as you’re cleaning up the drain pan, you can occasionally discover that your drain pan has corroded or rusted through. The resulting holes can be a source for leaks as well. You can repair them yourself with some quality patching material – be sure it’s water-resistant. But, if that’s beyond your DIY skills or you just want to replace the drain pan, you may want to call a professional HVAC contractor to do this for you. It’s not that you can’t do this on your own, but you want to have confidence that it’s done right.
If you need help finding a qualified HVAC contractor, CentralAir.com can help. Just give us a call and we’ll help you find the best company in Casa Adobes to meet your needs.