Is Your Air Conditioner Drain Line Clogged?

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Monsoon season is right around the corner. This is the time when Phoenix-area homeowners often experience a common HVAC problem. Their air conditioner drain line becomes clogged. With high levels of dust and high humidity, it’s a perfect recipe for a clog to happen. While this isn’t a fun problem, it’s relatively easy to prevent and fix.

Why You Should Get Your Clogged Air Conditioner Drain Line Fixed Right Away!

A seemingly small problem like a clogged air conditioner drain line can cause costly problems if it’s not repaired quickly. It can back up water and cause damage to your home. But, this isn’t the only risk. It can also cause harmful mold, mildew and bacteria to grow which can be pushed into your ducts and indoor air. A blocked duck also can cause a fire because it can overheat your AC unit or cause backed up water to leak onto electrical components resulting in sparking.

If You Want to Fix the Problem Yourself

Unlike many other air conditioning problems which require the expertise of a professional air conditioning technician, it’s relatively easy to unclog an air conditioner drain line. You will need a wet/dry vacuum to suck out the blockage. First, locate the main drain line, which is typically located near the ground on the outside of your home. It will be a PVC pipe coming out of your home. Connect the wet/dry vacuum to the main drain line and make sure you have a good seal on the pipe. Turn on the vacuum and let it run for several minutes. Turn off the vacuum and see if you were able to suck out any debris, such as dirt, algae, or even insects, along with the water that was backed up.

Call a Professional

If you don’t want to tackle the clogged drain line yourself, you can call Chandler Air. We’re always happy to help.  Checking drain lines is part of our regular maintenance check.

Prevent Future Air Conditioner Drain Line Clogs

The best way to prevent clogged drain lines is to get an annual tune-up on your air conditioner. If you repeatedly get clogged air conditioner drain lines, ask your technician about installing a float switch which shuts off your cooling system when water begins to back up. This prevents the unit from producing any more water and leaking.

Serving the East Valley for 35 years, Chandler Air is your go-to source for quality air conditioning repair. Call us today to schedule a call at (480) 899-0267.