Last year we showed you why your ceiling is leaking because of a clogged condensate drain line. To sum it up, over time your condensate drain line gets clogged full of algae or other debris.
This clog can cause big problems like:
So let’s say you know you’ve got a clog. You could pay a professional contractor $150 or so to come and clear it for you. But there’s a much more inexpensive way to do it on your own.
Follow this step-by-step guide to unclog your condensate drain line
Step 1: Get a wet/dry vacuum
This will be the tool we use to suck out the drain obstruction. You can get an inexpensive wet/dry vac for $30-40 any big box retailer (Home Depot, Lowe’s, WalMart, etc.)
Step 2: Find the main condensate drain line outside your home
This will normally be near your outside air conditioner unit/condenser. It’s usually a 3/4 quarter inch pvc pipe. If there’s a pipe trap, take it off.
Step 3: Connect the wet/dry vacuum’s hose to the condensate drain line and turn it on to suck out the obstruction
Make sure the hose has a good seal on the drain line so it can suction properly. Let the vacuum run for 3 minutes or so.
Step 4: Turn off the wet/dry vacuum and check the vacuum for algae water and other debris
Don’t be too grossed out, but algae and a variety of other debris ( dirt, dust, insects, etc) can build up in your condensate drain line and it’s going to be in your wet/dry vac’s container now.
Dispose of the junk and you just saved yourself $150! (And now you have a nifty vacuum you can use for other projects.)
Avoiding future condensate line clogs
A clogged condensate line can easily be avoided through an annual professional maintenance visit. Most contractors check your drain line as a part of a typical maintenance visit.
If your system hasn’t had it’s yearly maintenance, or you need your drain line unclogged for you, schedule a visit with Fountain Hills Air today.